US-Central Asian Security. Balancing Opportunities and Challenges
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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The newly independent states of Central Asia exhibit relative stability although economic progress is slow. While their greatest security threats are internal political repression, inequitable distribution of income, ethnic and tribal unrest their leaders focus instead on external threats such as hostile neighbors and the spill-over of Islamic extremism especially in Afghanistan. The Central Asian states are comfortable with the current U.S. level of engagement in the region, but the growing momentum of economic interests, diplomatic ties, and military relationships risks unintended consequences. Leaders of the Central Asian states may interpret U.S. military and diplomatic initiatives as a commitment to regime survival and preservation of the regional status quo, policy decisions the United States has not yet made.
- Government and Political Science