David A. Merkel

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David A. Merkel is an Associate Fellow for Geo-economics and Strategy with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and Department of State, as well as international consular to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Director for South and Central Asia for the National Security Council.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

On September 15 and 16, 2022, the extended format of participants of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are scheduled to meet in Samarkand, the...

Tashkent‘s Historic Opportunity to Emerge as a Regional Leader

The people of Uzbekistan look to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev with hope that would have seemed impossible under the 27 year despotic regime of Islam...

Putin’s House of Cards: What will happen to Russia’s satellites if his regime falls?

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A Friend in Need: Kazakhstan lends Russia a helping hand

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