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Central Asia: Issues in Focus

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Following our general analysis of Central Asia’s fragile security dynamics, we now turn to the specific challenges the region faces and the strategies being adopted to confront them. We begin by evaluating Kazakhstan’s unconventional foreign policy and Turkmenistan’s prospects for democratization. We then turn to the ongoing energy crisis in Tajikistan and the security implications of ISAF’s pending withdrawal from Afghanistan. Finally, we consider how the region’s overall security dynamics might evolve in the years ahead.overall security dynamics might evolve in the years ahead.

Explaining Kazakhstan’s Mediation Mission

05 Aug 2013 / Article

Many observers were surprised when Kazakhstan emerged as the unlikely host of disarmament talks between Iran and the P5+1. Yet, as Richard Weitz argues, the move is typical of Astana’s broader strategy to reduce tensions in Eurasia and position Kazakhstan as a legitimate global player. More on «Explaining Kazakhstan’s Mediation Mission »

Turkmenistan: Has There Been a Thaw?

Sep 2012 / Article

With a well-earned reputation for tribalism and authoritarianism, Turkmenistan has the dubious distinction of being the least democratic regime in Central Asia. But is all that about to change? Alexey Malashenko evaluates the extent of Ashgabat’s recent political reforms and discusses the country’s political future. More on «Turkmenistan: Has There Been a Thaw?»

Solving Tajikistan's Energy Crisis

25 Mar 2013 / Article

Touted as the solution to Tajikistan’s worsening energy problems, the proposed Rogun Dam has raised the ire of neighboring Uzbekistan. The World Bank may support the project, but the Carnegie Endowment’s Eli Keene fears that Tashkent’s displeasure could escalate into armed conflict. More on «Solving Tajikistan's Energy Crisis»

Central Asia after 2014

08 Aug 2013 / Special Feature

ISAF’s pending withdrawal from Afghanistan has raised fears in many quarters. But are they justified? In this feature, Didier Chaudet questions these fears, while Roger McDermott analyzes the security challenges facing two of the five Central Asian states – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. More on «Central Asia after 2014»

The United States and Central Asia After 2014

05 Feb 2013 / Video

Amid fragile democratization, rising conflict over energy, and the pending US withdrawal from Afghanistan, how will the security dynamics of Central Asia evolve in the years ahead? Jeffrey Mankoff discusses the future of the region and considers prospects for trilateral cooperation between the US, Russia and China. More on «The United States and Central Asia After 2014 »

Post-2014 Afghanistan: A Threat for Central Asia and China?

18 Nov 2012 / Video

In this video, Dr. Didier Chaudet, who is a Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, focuses on what Afghanistan's post-ISAF future may mean for Central and East Asia. He also wonders whether the fear associated with the departure of Western combat forces is appropriate or not. More on «Post-2014 Afghanistan: A Threat for Central Asia and China?»

Central Asia: Region in Decline

06 Jun 2012 / Audio

In this audio presentation, Paul Quinn-Judge, who is the Crisis Group's Deputy Asia Director, discusses the myriad problems and challenges facing the five Central Asian states, including their relationships with neighboring Russia and China. More on «Central Asia: Region in Decline»

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