Does the U.S. Strategy for Central Asia Address the Region’s Current Problems?

In February 2020, the State Department published a public version of the U.S strategy for Central Asia, which placed particular emphasis on supporting Afghanistan and democracy in the region, in addition to economic goals. On January 27, USIP hosted a discussion on what a strategy for Central Asia could look like going forward given the significant change and uncertainty in the region.


Lesslie Viguerie, introductory remarks Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asian and Pakistan Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Gavin Helf, moderator Senior Expert, Central Asia, U.S. Institute of Peace

Ambassador (Ret.) Richard Hoagland Chair, Security and Politics Program, Caspian Policy Center; Former U.S Ambassador to Kazakhstan 

Jennifer Murtazashvili  Associate Professor and Director, Center for Governance and Markets, University of Pittsburgh

S. Frederick Starr  Chairman, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute 

Navbahor Imamova Multimedia Journalist, Voice of America’s Uzbek Service 

Donald Jensen  Director, Russia and Strategic Stability, U.S. Institute of Peace


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