Friday, November 18, 2016

Donald Trump and Central Asia's 'Great Game'

How will Donald Trump’s election affect the balance of power in Central Asia?

By Ario Bimo Utomo

TE DIPLOMAT - November 16, 2016

The long-awaited U.S. presidential election has come to an end, with Donald Trump successfully pulling off an upset win. While the United States remains the most influential country on Earth, the results from November 8, 2016 will definitely bring some changes to the international constellation, including Central Asia.
Since their catapult to independence thanks to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Central Asian states have shifted their role from a mere political backyard into new international entities. Their strategic geographic position as the fulcrum of Eurasia has also positioned them as the crossroads between East and West. Consequently, Central Asia is regarded as fertile soil for power contests between major political powers. Currently, there are three noticeable powers playing the so-called Great Game: the United States, Russia, and China. All three countries regard Central Asia as an important region.