U.S. STRATEGY AND POLICY IN CENTRAL ASIA

Murat LAUMULIN


Murat Laumulin, D.Sc. (Political Science), chief research associate at the Institute of Strategic Research of Kazakhstan under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan)


It goes without saying that American geopolitics and geostrategy are of a genuinely global nature and affect practically every region and every country. And Central Asia is no exception in this respect. Americas influence there is of a multi-factoral and multi-level nature in every aspectthe political, military-strategic, economic, and ideological. From the very first days of independence, the Central Asian countries have been aware of Americas influence (and pressure) in essentially every sphere.

In Central Asia, America is confronted with other world centers of power (Russia, China, the EU, Iran, and other Islamic states), which explains the fairly frequent contradictions. American policy in Central Asia depends to a certain extent on Washingtons relations with these states, but it is not determined by them. On the whole, Central Asias policy is part of the U.S.s broader Eurasian strategy, which covers the Caspian, the Caucasus, Russia, Afghanistan, the Middle East, South Asia, and China.

It should also be said that Americas Eurasian policy is part of Washingtons much broader global strategy designed to perpetuate Americas domination in the world economic and financial system and its military-strategic superiority. America is seeking greater geopolitical influence (in Eurasia among other places) and containment of..


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