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Elliott School of International Affairs

Since the dawn of independence, the five post-Soviet Central Asian republics have identified themselves as a single political region. However, their separate efforts to shape national identities, institutions, and policies have not always been compatible with the promotion of regional cooperation. Today we see a resurgence of regionalism in Central Asia. There is a growing understanding that the countries of the region need to work together to enhance trade, address shared challenges, and navigate relationships with foreign actors. This commitment has been exemplified not only by regular Central Asian summits, but also by a proliferation of the C5+1 dialogues with external actors, such as the US, China, and Germany.


This event endeavors to untangle the intricate perspectives surrounding the development of regionalism, with a specific emphasis on how foreign stakeholders and nations including the US, EU, and China perceive and contribute to the regional dynamics. Simultaneously, it aims to illuminate perspectives originating from within Central Asian nations, focusing particularly on the nuanced viewpoints from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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