Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Challenges and New Opportunities in the Face of Escalating World Conflicts
Since its birth after dissolution of the Soviet Union, the idea of an integrated Central Asia is now close to realization than never. What everyone aspired to but what proved unfeasible for two decades because of economic, political and social reasons, along with subjective opinions of state leaders have potential to be brought to life thanks to favorable climate changes occurring recently. The change of Uzbekistan’s government to liberal minded president who visited almost all Central Asian countries with diplomatic mindset is one of the foundational changes for an increase in regional collaboration. Attitudes for economic, political, and social aspects of Central Asian states are converging more and more, opening a window of opportunity that is replacing the pane of disappointment.
Regional cooperation of Central Asia will not only realize the economic potential of the whole region, but also attract foreign investors thanks to enlarged market. More than that, the political cooperation of the region will secure diplomatic positions of the region for the entire world. The social cooperation will allow for an exchange and mutual growth of already similar yet unique cultures and human capital.
Taking these into account, it is necessary to discuss the pros and cons, threats and opportunities for the realization of Central Asian Union. The states of this region have potential to provide powerful impulse to international relations, and its extent is yet to be estimated.