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U.S.-Central Asia relations

In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

In Samarkand, USAID Head Power Announces New Funds for Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced an additional $14.3 million in regional programing, plus $18.7 million to boost collaboration in Uzbekistan, specifically.

What Do Central Asia’s Activists Think of the New US Relationship With Their Region?

What Do Central Asia’s Activists Think of the New US Relationship With Their Region?

By Matthew Schaaf
Washington’s current approach sidesteps human rights concerns. Central Asia’s rights defenders and civic activists have suggestions to fix that.
What Happened at the First-Ever Central Asia-US Leaders’ Summit?

What Happened at the First-Ever Central Asia-US Leaders’ Summit?

By Colleen Wood
Biden met with Central Asian presidents on the sidelines of UNGA to discuss security, economic cooperation, and critical minerals. 

A Case for Greater US Engagement in Central Asia

A Case for Greater US Engagement in Central Asia

By Hunter Stoll
Russian and Chinese influence in the region will never go away. But the United States now has a rare and valuable window of opportunity.

A Journey Through Central Asia’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape

A Journey Through Central Asia’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape

By Peter Krasnopolsky
As Russia’s position wanes in Central Asia, and China’s waxes, if American interests are to be maintained, Washington has to find ways to tap into the region’s potential.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Repeal Jackson-Vanik for Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Repeal Jackson-Vanik for Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan

By Catherine Putz
Senators Murphy and Young stress that the time is ripe to drop the “outdated” restrictions of Jackson-Vanik and “redefine” the U.S. relationship with Central Asia.

Will We Soon See a Central Asia-US Leaders’ Summit?

Will We Soon See a Central Asia-US Leaders’ Summit?

By Catherine Putz
If Biden does indeed meet with the Central Asian presidents in New York on the sidelines of UNGA it will be with both Russia and China in mind.
A Cold War-Era Amendment is Preventing a Deepening of U.S. Relations With Central Asia

A Cold War-Era Amendment is Preventing a Deepening of U.S. Relations With Central Asia

By Chris Murphy
The U.S. has an opportunity to offer Central Asia a strategic alternative to China and Russia based on partnership rather than exploitation. The Jackson-Vanik amendment stands in the way.

Unpacking Geopolitical Competition and Energy Security in Central Asia

Unpacking Geopolitical Competition and Energy Security in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
A U.S. Senate subcommittee recently explored U.S. policy toward Central Asia amid the war in Ukraine and intense concern about global energy security.

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

US Focuses Attention on Central Asia With New Economic Initiative

By Catherine Putz
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu's trip to Central Asia seeks to “reinforce the United States’ commitment to each country’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity."

Russia’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position

Russia’s War Puts Central Asia’s Economies in a Difficult Position

By Catherine Putz
The states of Central Asia were, unsurprisingly, on a recent list of possible  “transshipment points” Russia and Belarus may use to evade sanctions.
The US Didn’t Just Wake Up to Central Asia’s Importance

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.

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