NATO's Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Regional Security in Central Asia

Toktogulov, Beishenbek
This thesis aims to discuss NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) program in Central Asia in terms of its role in promoting regional security. It focuses on the evolution of the cooperation between NATO and its Central Asian partners within the framework of the NATO’s PfP program, as well as the Alliance’s vision of security in Central Asia. The thesis argues that although NATO is active in Central Asia with its PfP programs, its engagement with the Central Asian states is mainly motivated by its own global security priorities rather than promoting regional security cooperation in Central Asia. This thesis comprises four main chapters. After the introduction chapter, the second chapter examines regional security challenges in post-Soviet Central Asia. The third chapter discusses the fundamental characteristics of NATO’s PfP program and regional security in Central Asia. The fourth chapter examines NATO’s PfP programs in individual Central Asian states by examining the priorities of each state in cooperating with the Alliance. The fifth chapter analyses the relevance of NATO’s PfP programs for increasing its involvement in Central Asia since 2001 by taking its global and regional security priorities. The concluding chapter discusses the main findings of this thesis.
Citation Formats
B. Toktogulov, “NATO’s Partnership for Peace (PfP) and Regional Security in Central Asia,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2007.