A bridge too far?
China's One Belt, One Road initiative is holding international summit in Beijing, but no Western leaders have said they are coming yet.
The indefinite ruler: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
Tajikistan, a longstanding human rights violator, has been cracking down harshly on what's left of its political opposition.
The aftermath of an anti-terrorist raid in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Islamic State has been spreading its influence beyond the Middle East – and Central Asia could be in the firing line.
Vladimir Putin and friends at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit in September 2015.
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A renewed security focus on Afghanistan is part of Vladimir Putin's plan to re-energise Russia's vision of a 'Greater Eurasia'.