The Valdai Discussion Club - 27.09.2016
The extent and potential for confrontation between the major powers
is significantly lower in Central Asia than in the Asia-Pacific region
(APR), Eastern Europe or the Middle East. The potential for cooperation
is greater because Russia, China, and especially the United States have
no vital need to dominate in the region. Therefore, none of these three
powers will unleash a war against the others for the sake of Central
Asia – as compared to Europe or Southeast Asia, for example. This fact
alone could serve as a powerful resource for the development of
trilateral cooperation that could become deep and substantive, or remain
non-binding in character.
The authors of this report believe that Washington, Moscow, and
Beijing hold significant resources for cooperating to provide elements
of regional security in Central Asia. Maximum effort should go toward
advancing the common good so that confrontation does not dominate the
agenda. It is from the report that you can learn about the potential
areas and opportunities available to them for cooperation.
Programme Director of the Foundation for Development and Support of the
Valdai Discussion Club, Director of the Center for Comprehensive
European and International Studies at the National Research University –
Higher School of Economics, Ph.D. in Political Science.
Research Fellow of the Center for Russian Studies (the National Key
Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences under the Ministry
of Education of PRC), School of Advanced International and Area Studies
at East China Normal University; Research Fellow of the Center for
Co-development with Neighboring Countries (University - Based Think Tank
of Shanghai); holds a Doctorate in Political Science.
Andrew Small, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Asia program, German Marshall Fund of the United States.
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