Central Asia Ambassadors and Decisionmakers Meet at Marshall Center to Discuss Regional Challenges

Fear of regional instability sparks cooperation.

Touting Reform in Central Asia

April 2011, Number 02.02

“Samarkand, Bukhara, Merv, Tashkent and Osh are ancient cities of the Silk Road with histories dating back thousands of years. Residents of these cities have seen numerous empires come and go throughout history and now belong to nation-states carved out of the former Soviet Union: Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. Since the collapse of the U.S.S.R. in 1991, these nations have worked to establish national identities as part of the larger international community. Now, Central Asia scholars are increasingly concerned that this resource-rich and geopolitically sensitive region could become a hotbed of failed states that never sufficiently evolved following independence.

The European Union and NATO have expressed an interest in aiding Central Asian states to establish stable, secure, free and prosperous societies. Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in The Washington Post: “Weak and failing states serve as global pathways that facilitate the spread of pandemics, the movement of criminals and terrorists, and the proliferation of the world’s most dangerous weapons.” This statement is still true today...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Touting Reform in Central Asia,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 2, No. 2, 2011: 54-57.

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