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The US Didn’t Just Wake Up to Central Asia’s Importance
February 21, 2020

The US Didn’t Just Wake Up to Central Asia’s Importance

By Catherine Putz
No, Washington isn’t just now waking up to Central Asia as a strategic region.

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia
February 13, 2020

A New Era of Strategic Partnership: The US Engages to Find Opportunities in Central Asia

By Kristen Cheriegate
Central Asia will generally welcome -- and want -- U.S. attention, but will want a degree of circumspection.
Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?
January 22, 2020

Why Is Kyrgyzstan Being Considered for the New U.S. Travel Ban?

By Catherine Putz
Politico reported that the Trump administration is considering expanding the controversial “travel ban” to seven more countries, including possibly Kyrgyzstan.

Will the US Ever Get a New Central Asia Policy?
May 03, 2017

Will the US Ever Get a New Central Asia Policy?

By Catherine Putz
Probably not. American interests in the region remain fundamentally tied to interests outside the region.

Decoding Central Asia: What’s Next for the US Administration?
February 28, 2017

Decoding Central Asia: What’s Next for the US Administration?

By Michał Romanowski
A secure and stable Central Asia is in the interest of the United States.

What Central Asia Means to the United States
September 16, 2016

What Central Asia Means to the United States

By Joshua Walker and Kevin Kearney
From the Great Game to the final frontier, Central Asia takes on new importance in a rapidly shrinking world.

A New Day for US-Central Asia Relations?
August 04, 2016

A New Day for US-Central Asia Relations?

By Catherine Putz
Washington needs to clarify how new C5+1 projects either build on or differ from previous endeavors.
The Unsurprising Doldrums of US-Central Asia Trade
August 03, 2016

The Unsurprising Doldrums of US-Central Asia Trade

By Casey Michel
Washington's trade with Central Asia experienced a drastic drop in 2015 and recovery prospects look dim.

US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia
June 16, 2016

US Aims to Increase Funding for Alternative Media Sources in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The US State Department wants to counteract “Russia’s well-financed propaganda machine.”

Poll: Central Asia Points to the US as its Biggest Threat
April 06, 2016

Poll: Central Asia Points to the US as its Biggest Threat

By Catherine Putz
Afghanistan also tops the list of regional responses to a Gallup Poll last year; ISIS makes an appearance too.

The United States Faces a Security Assistance Dilemma in Central Asia
March 25, 2016

The United States Faces a Security Assistance Dilemma in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
The U.S. State Department has been ignoring many of its own rules for years; it's no surprise the Defense Department is too
How is Russia Losing Ground in Central Asia?
February 13, 2016

How is Russia Losing Ground in Central Asia?

By Catherine Putz
A glimpse at Kazakh meritocracy and discussion of the West’s policies in the region; recommended links.

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