Umed Partov is an expert on security and politics of Central Asia. He is a PhD candidate at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Umed’s primary focus areas include conflict early warning and prevention, deradicalization, counter-terrorism, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He has worked for a number of academic, international, and intergovernmental institutions, including the OSCE.
China has unexpectedly begun taking steps to become more militarily active in the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Moreover, it is pushing for closer joint military and security cooperation
Two high-ranking Russian security officials—General Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Security Council of Russia, and General Nikolai Bordyuzha, secretary general of the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)—recently paid