A Work in Progress
“The nations of Central Asia have been in a state of flux since the fall of the Soviet Union and have worked independently to prosper. But their inclusion into Western organizations that can benefit them economically and attract international investors depends on their ability to resolve human rights, freedom of the press and corruption issues. To maintain internal and regional stability, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan must work together to help resolve regional issues and join the international effort to fight terrorism and transnational crime. Just as critical: They must help the international community resolve the war in Afghanistan.
But regional issues and political unrest sometimes hinder progress. The nations in the area suffer from ongoing, and sometimes longstanding, disputes over a host of issues. As they continue to build their economic muscle, central Asian nations must also find ways to deal with those problems. The European Union has a strategic plan to help those nations accomplish this important goal. The union is not alone, and has United Nations support. “The United Nations is ready to assist in holding a dialogue between leaders of central Asian countries for solution of common problems of the region...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “A Work in Progress,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 3, 2010: 44-45.
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