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Central Asia -- Regionally Dysfunctional In The Face Of Common Threats

Tajikistan -- Wakhan Corridor looking into Afghanistan and Pakistan, Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs),2009.

Central Asia faces a myriad of questions and unsavory scenarios as the end of this year and the withdrawal of the bulk of foreign forces from Afghanistan approach. Recent violence along the Turkmen-Afghan border reminds the Central Asian governments that the clock is ticking. Faced with a security threat that could destabilize the whole region, what will the Central Asian governments do?

On June 12, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service, Radio Azatlyk convened an experts' roundtable to discuss the options available to Central Asia's leaders. Particfipants in the discussion included:

  • Luca Anceschi (Glasgow University)
  • Bruce Pannier (RFE/RL)
  • Ryskeldi Satke (Bishkek-based independent security affairs analyst)

The roundtable was moderated by Turkmen Service Director Muhammad Tahir.

Read Bruce Pannier's overview of the conversation

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