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"The region stopped being united and monolithic: Stanislav Pritchin about the new "Big Game" in Central Asia
11.06.2021 16:05

"Interests of big players in Central Asia are defined by security and economy, that is why to a lesser extent we can speak about them following some kinds of idealistic goals. On the contrary, presence of western players in the region can be characterized as ideological as they do not have any direct economic interests", said Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Post-Soviet Studies at IMEMO RAS Dr. Stanislav Pritchin today, on June 11, during the "Expert's Opinion" show.

The role of regional and main actors in Central Asia, their goals and motivations, as well as neighbor relations among the five countries in Central Asia were discussed during the live show.

"Despite the fact that geographically the five states are located in the same region, they are so different that it is impossible it use the same approach while working with each of them. All of them have their own geopolitical characteristics and political processes", believes Dr. Pritchin

The expert also mentioned that U.S. interests and influence in Central Asia had weakened.

"More and more often relatively big players on the territory of Eurasia and beyond are expressing their interest in that region. We can see that practically all the external players have their own tools and unique niches where they are trying to advance their agenda and offer help. From the point of view of military cooperation, political dialogue and geographical proximity, there are two major external players for Central Asia – Russia and China", concluded the expert.

A recording of the show is available on the YouTube channel of the Gorchakov Fund.