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The OSCE Should Take More Initiatives in Central Asia
The OSCE Should Take More Initiatives in Central Asia

Author(s): Gülay Mutlu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: USAK (Uluslararası Stratejik Araştırmalar Kurumu)

Summary/Abstract: Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the security landscape has changed dramatically and many conflicts have appeared with elements such as regional, linguistic, ethnic, or religious affiliation. The climate of increased ethnic tensions affected not only the Central Asian countries but also other Soviet successor states in the early 1990s. For example, the Tajik and Georgian Civil Wars reflected conflicts that were combinations of ethnic, political and religious factors. These conflicts were quite dangerous for stability and security throughout Central Asia and its neighboring regions. It can be said that international interest towards the Central Asian states has been growing, especially after 9/11 and the U.S.-Afghan War. The region is the closest area to Afghanistan and to fighting against terrorism and the Taliban, which is another dangerous situation for the region. A rise in conflicts and instability would severally retard the nation and state building process and would make it difficult to establish and continue democracy and human rights.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 545-547
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: English