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Central Asia : not in our backyard, not a hot spot, strategically important

Author: Richard E Hoagland; Centre for International Governance Innovation,
Publisher: Waterloo, Ontario : CIGI, 2016. ©2016
Series: CIGI papers, no. 87.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Central Asia is indeed strategically important to the West because of its neighbours, but not immediately, because it is not a "hot spot" on the world stage. Western governments are ambivalent about the region because of its poor record on human rights and governance. It presents the classic choice: ideology or realpolitik. But Western policy in Central Asia does not have to be one or the other, it can be both.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard E Hoagland; Centre for International Governance Innovation,
OCLC Number: 937358743
Notes: "January 2016"--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (7 pages).
Contents: About the Central Asia Security Innovation Project --
About the author --
Executive summary --
What is Central Asia? --
Who are Central Asia's neighbours? --
How does Central Asia see the world? --
US policy in Central Asia --
Conclusion.
Series Title: CIGI papers, no. 87.
Responsibility: Richard E. Hoagland.
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Abstract:

Central Asia is indeed strategically important to the West because of its neighbours, but not immediately, because it is not a "hot spot" on the world stage. Western governments are ambivalent about the region because of its poor record on human rights and governance. It presents the classic choice: ideology or realpolitik. But Western policy in Central Asia does not have to be one or the other, it can be both. Western nations can engage strongly to support humanist values in Central Asia through quiet and appropriate behind-the-scenes work with government officials who understand and have similar concerns, and they most certainly do exist and can produce results. Western governments need to engage in Central Asia precisely to ensure that it does not become a hot spot and instead becomes, over time, ever more firmly embedded in the community of responsible nations. Strategic engagement by the West is essential, and it will pay off.

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