The Struggle for dominance in Central Asia(and whole Post-Soviet Space) continues. This time the big boys are Russia, United States and China. EU might have the potential, but not the cohesion at the moment to be too relevant. There are also smaller powers like Turkey and Iran that have some sway in the region. I think it is pretty clear that USA and China are still the clear underdogs in this game. A couple of years ago, in the aftermath of the invasions on Afghanistan and Iraq, USA made significant gains by getting favourable governments in power in Ukraine(Orange revolution) and Georgia(Rose revolution). The nature of the Tulip revolution in Kyrgyzstan isn't as clear to me. In that case the new power might not have been as clearly in the US pocket. Also setting up a number of military bases in the region gave at least a certain symbolic advantage. Over the years all these revolutions reversed and to power came people with much greater appreciation for Russia. Even in the Georgia the new government is a huge improvement, although its rethoric on strategic level hasn't made a giant distinction compared to Saakashvili's reign. Kyrgyzstan's new leadership even requested a Russian military intervention in the face of instabilities and has sought a place in the forming Eurasian Union. The CSTO holds Russia's solid allies Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, atlhough the relationships aren't always so cordial especially with Belarus. Uzbekistan recently left CSTO again, but it is my understanding that it has more to do with her problems with Kazakhstan and other neighbours than with Russia. For Uzbekistan Russia is still the most important partner and a recent meeting confirms that she seeks closer ties with Russia. Kazakhstan and Belarus are also members of the Customs Union and seem to be actively and willingly pushing for the Eurasian Union. Kazakshstan is at the moment the biggest economy on nominal terms in the post-Soviet Space(even bigger than Ukraine) after Russia and Belarus is also one of the stronger ones so they are very useful allies. Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Turkmenistan are the uncertain cases. Ukraine is at the moment leaning towards Russia, but there is a big part of the country that is wary of Russia and prefers closer ties to the West. So probably Ukraine won't integrate very deeply to structures that might be viewed as Russia dominated, like CSTO or Eurasian Union. There is a more sensible government in Georgia now, but it remains to be seen how much it will rebalance towards Russia. Azerbaijan is performing quite a balancing act between Russia, USA and Turkey, but it is my feeling that they wouldn't mind if Russia disappeared from the face of the earth. Russia after all has a base and tight military ties with Armenia with whom Azerbaijan doesn't see eye to eye and there is even a real possibility of war for the Nagorno-Karabakh. Moldova and Turkmenistan seem to be rather isolationist countries and I don't know what kind of trends there are forming in regards to them. It would be expected that China has some influence on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan that are members of the SCO, but I have no real sense of its magnitude. Probably it is safe to say that in the future China's role will grow. Hopefully someone else has more to say about that and other subjects under the headline. Please offer your insights!