Following several hundred years of relative isolation, Central Asia has re-emerged as an important region on the international scene. Its importance derives from its strategic location astride the main economic and political centers of the Eurasian continent. While this location poses significant challenges to the landlocked states of the region, it also provides opportunities to them and to their neighbors – not least, the gradual re-emergence of land trade and transportation routes connecting Europe and Asia. ISDP uses a historical definition of Central Asia that goes beyond the five countries of Soviet Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) to include also Afghanistan and China’s Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region.
ISDP’s activities on Central Asia, conducted within the framework of the Joint Center with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Washington, D.C., focuses on research and analysis on the political development and regional security in the region, Central Asia’s relations with the EU and U.S., as well as the re-emergence of continental trade and transport. The Joint Center publishes the biweekly Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst, a leading sources of analysis on regional developments.
Uzbekistan’s New Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity under New Leadership
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Centralasien – ingen grogrund för radikalisering
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Europa bör ta chansen när Kazakhstan blickar västerut
När Ryssland och Turkiet vänder sig alltmer bort från Europa visar Kazakhstan tvärtom ett allt starkare intresse för att bli en del av den västliga gemenskapen. Trots det har institutioner […]
Kazakhstan in Europe: Why Not?
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The EU and Central Asia: Expanding Economic Cooperation, Trade, and Investment
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