Accession Number:

ADA517952

Title:

Battling Misperceptions: Challenges to U.S. Security Cooperation in Central Asia

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

The northern region of U.S. Central Commands USCENTCOMs area of responsibility - the five states of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - is removed from the current main centers of attention, Iraq and Afghanistan. When issues concerning Central Asia are addressed, it is often in the context of the region being a crossroads or transit area. Whether one focuses on energy reserves and export routes or the stability of supply lines to forces in Afghanistan, there is a tendency to view Central Asia as a part of the world over which states compete. It is in this context that nearly two decades of active U.S. engagement in the Eurasian region have been viewed. Over the years, official statements and newspaper articles from these states have pointed to an increasingly negative perception of the United States and its role. The current situation thus raises the question of how the United States found itself in a relatively weak position in the region. More important, how did the current perceptions come about

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE