In his most recent piece for PBS Need to Know, ASP Fellow Joshua Foust examines Central Asia’s role in the exit from Afghanistan. Since the start of the war in Afghanistan, the nations of Central Asia have provided key access routes into Afghanistan, routes that became even more important when Pakistan temporarily closed its supply lines. Now, as forces exit from Afghanistan, Foust looks at the challenges and opportunities in Central Asia, a region “tragically under-studied in the West.”
“Developing a policy for the region is no easy task. But efforts like the New Silk Road initiative, even if optimistic in outlook, show an unusual forward thinking to U.S. policy. It is rare to hear officials speak of five years or longer timeframes when making plans, yet that is what is happening in Central Asia.”
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