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Failures of American Policy in Central Asia since September 11, 2001

Dietrich, Richard
This paper examines the failure of US policy to achieve many of its statedgoals in Central Asia, particularly since 11 September 2001. It will brieflyexamine the formation and direction of US policy in the five republics ofCentral Asia-Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, andTajikistan – after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian responses tothese policies. It will then look at the changes to US policy in the regionfollowing September 11, 2001, American expectations from these changes, andRussian cooperation with, and counter-measures to America’s presence inCentral Asia. Next, the reasons for the failure of US policy to achieve many ofits goals following September 11, and the continuing expansion of Russianinfluence will be examined. Finally, there is a discussion on the possibledirections US policy towards Central Asia could take in the future.