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Central Asia: US Foreign Policy at a Great Power Crossroads

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press after a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe, November 3, 2015. Photo: Pool Photo via AP

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press after a meeting with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe, November 3, 2015. Photo: Pool Photo via AP

Eurasia is in the midst of a geopolitical adjustment in which Russia, India, and China are playing influential roles. Major initiatives such as Beijing’s three trillion-dollar infrastructure project, the One Belt-One Road (OBOR), and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, seek to reinforce the weight of new global players in the region. Highlighting this push for influence, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a joint Russian-Chinese initiative, welcomed India and Pakistan as members during the SCO’s June meeting in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The moves of Central Asia’s large neighbors parallel significant developments within countries of the region, for example Uzbekistan, which has pursued increasingly neighbor-friendly policies, and Kazakhstan, who is this year hosting EXPO2017, a major international exhibition on the future of energy. 

Against this backdrop, the US has been comparatively inactive. As the current US administration gets its foreign policy sea legs, landlocked Central Asia has not received much attention. This event hosted by the Atlantic Council will bring together experts for a dynamic conversation on this topic.  


Event Details

  • Date: July 18, 2017

  • When: 10:30 - 11:30 AM

  • Where: Atlantic Council, 12th Floor

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