CENTRAL ASIA AT THE CROSSROADS OF GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS

Dobaev I.

Abstract

The article focuses on understanding the modern political processes taking place in the sovereign states of Central Asia in the post-Soviet period, basing on the historical past of these territories. It is shown that the current borders of the Central Asian states were determined by the Bolsheviks, and with the collapse of the Soviet Union, the former borders of the union republics became interstate ones. This circumstance has given rise to many ethnopolitical and ethnoterritorial conflicts, both within specific states and in interstate relations. It appears that the place and role of the new states of the region in the modern system of international relations have not yet been finally determined. In this regard, experts are considering a wide variety of scenarios for the development of the geopolitical situation in the region in the future.

Keywords

Afghanistan; geopolitics; geopolitical processes; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Uzbekistan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Central Asia; Central Asia.

DOI: 10.31249/rmw/2023.04.03

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