Niklas Nilsson on Central Asian Regional Cooperation in The Astana Times
November 27, 2018: Niklas Nilsson was interviewed by the Astana Times on Central Asian regional cooperation.
“Cooperation needs to be gradual and flexible to involve all Central Asian states. Of course, the largest economies of the region – Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – are indispensable in regional cooperation but models also need to fit smaller states – Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan… The most important point is that membership in these institutions of cooperation should be exclusively Central Asian – it should not be open to external powers. This is to provide a platform through which Central Asian countries can conduct a dialogue with foreign powers as a unit.”