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This has been a volatile year in Eurasia: massive demonstrations from Minsk to Khabarovsk, ongoing war in Donbas and a new outbreak of fighting in the South Caucasus. Yet at the very center of Eurasia, Central Asia, relative tranquility has reigned. And one important reason for this has been the policies of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, now in his fifth year in power. Pursuing neighborly relations abroad and cautious reform at home, he has provided some grounds for optimism.
Senator Sodiq Safoev, a close adviser to President Mirziyoyev, speaks on Tashkent’s domestic and foreign policies, followed by a panel discussion including Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan Henick, from the US Department of State, and Dr. Brianne Todd, assistant professor with the Near East and South Asia Center at the National Defense University. Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, moderates.
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Between East and West
The Central Asian Republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan—are located at the nexus of Russia, China, South Asia, and the Middle East. Leveraging their critical geography, these nations are renewing their role as the crossroads of trade between the West and Asia—resulting in significant economic development, especially in the sectors of energy and natural resources. While moves toward reform and democracy have been made since independence in 1991, corruption and human rights issues remain prevalent throughout the region.
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Russia’s Ukraine invasion is eroding Kremlin influence in Kazakhstan
The invasion of Ukraine was meant to advance Vladimir Putin’s vision of a revived Russian Empire. Instead, it is forcing other neighboring countries like Kazakhstan to urgently reassess their own relationships with Moscow.
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The US can help Central Asia avoid China’s awkward embrace
By John E. Herbst, Andrew D’Anieri
China just wrapped up a summit with Central Asian countries, but the US should not cede the territory. Washington should energize economic and security cooperation.
Report Apr 28, 2023
Kazakhstan could lead Central Asia in mitigating the world’s energy and food shortages
By Margarita Assenova, Ariel Cohen, and Wesley Hill
The five Central Asian states can make a meaningful contribution to mitigating the world’s energy and food deficits, but this will require determination by local governments and the commitment of Western government and business partners.
The Eurasia Center’s mission is to enhance transatlantic cooperation in promoting stability, democratic values and prosperity in Eurasia, from Eastern Europe and Turkey in the West to the Caucasus, Russia and Central Asia in the East.