The present-day challenges confronting Central Asia are highly likely to persist over the coming years: some internal, others having to do with regional trends and tensions. Following ASPI's project examining the crisis of governance in Central Asia, ASPI has continued to provide a forum for dialogue about how the region can increase security, manage conflicts, strengthen the rule of law, and deepen ties with the rest of Asia.
Calling the region "critical to global security," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns outlines specific ways the U.S. hopes to aid the cause of greater North-South interconnectedness in Central Asia.
Former State Department official discusses democracy, security, and elections.
In the future, competition for energy reserves in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan will be between Russia and China, with time being on Beijing's side.
Experts explain why governments in such a resource-rich, strategically important part of the world are so chronically dysfunctional.