Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Myth of “Tsentral’naia Aziia”

The Myth of “Tsentral’naia Aziia”

Meeting in Tashkent in January 1993, the presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the chairman of Tajikistan’s — parliament concluded their discussion of common concerns with what they saw to be a momentous declaration. The collective name of the region they shared would no longer be known by the Soviet-era term of “Sredniaia Aziia i Kazakhstan” (Middle Asia and Kazakhstan) but would now become “Tsentral’naia Aziia,” or Central Asia.

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