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

Dietrich R.

38th ICANAS (International Congress of Asian and North African Studies), Ankara, Turkey, 10 - 15 September 2007, vol.2, pp.547-566

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.547-566
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper examines the failure of US policy to achieve many of its stated
goals in Central Asia, particularly since 11 September 2001. It will briefly
examine the formation and direction of US policy in the five republics of
Central Asia-Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and
Tajikistan – after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Russian responses to
these policies. It will then look at the changes to US policy in the region
following September 11, 2001, American expectations from these changes, and
Russian cooperation with, and counter-measures to America’s presence in
Central Asia. Next, the reasons for the failure of US policy to achieve many of
its goals following September 11, and the continuing expansion of Russian
influence will be examined. Finally, there is a discussion on the possible
directions US policy towards Central Asia could take in the future.