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Central Asia is source of concern for Russia.

Russia’s Wary Watch on the East

July 2014, Number 05.03

“Russian perspectives on counterterrorism in Central Asia1 are shaped and forged by geopolitical perceptions of the region and transnational terrorism threats at large. Russia seeks to secure its role in the post-Soviet space, including Central Asia, as the regional leader in the development of counterterrorism strategies. Russia, while trying to define the goals of its counterterrorism policies in Central Asia, is not only seeking to counter transnational violent extremism and have a more secure neighborhood, but is also looking to increase influence and maintain hegemony in the region.

The term “Central Asia” may be misleading in light of the political and economic heterogeneity of the region. Nonetheless, in the context of Russian foreign policy analysis, the category Central Asia is a legitimate and helpful construction because the Kremlin currently formulates its perceptions of, and policies for, this area as part of a coherent regional approach, with minor adjustments for closer economic cooperation with Kazakhstan and increased attention toward migration flows from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Several important conclusions can be drawn on...”

Excerpt from Igor Zevelev, “Russia’s Wary Watch on the East,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  5, No. 3, 2014: 10-13.

Dr. Igor Zevelev is director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Russia Office. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, Macalester College, San Jose State University, and has taught at the Marshall Center in Germany. He also worked as Washington bureau chief for the RIA Novosti News and Information Agency. He holds a doctorate in political science from the Institute of International Relations and World Economy in Moscow.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.