Central Asia is changing rapidly. The five countries in the region have young, growing populations. The old Soviet generation is leaving the scene, giving way to a new post-Soviet generation that came of age in independent countries. This new generation must reckon with Russia and China, both of which shape the region’s politics and economics, and both of which are pushing new integration schemes via the Eurasian Economic Union and the Belt and Road. Central Asia’s next generation must also forge new economies that provide jobs beyond oil and gas.
FPRI’s Central Asia Initiative provides non-partisan, objective analysis of trends in Central Asia, informing policy makers and the public on matters that affect U.S. national interests, including energy, the Belt and Road Initiative; terrorism and extremism, and competition between regional powers such as Iran, Turkey, Russia, and China.