Central Asia and Afghanistan: A Tumultuous History

Sep 24, 2013 | 10:04 GMT

Central Asia and the U.S. Afghanistan Withdrawal


Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a two-part series on the relationship between Central Asia and Afghanistan and the expected effects of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan on Central Asian security. Click here to read Part 2.

Contrary to popular perception, Central Asia is not likely to see an immediate explosion of violence and militancy after the U.S. and NATO drawdown from Afghanistan in 2014. However, Central Asia's internal issues and the region's many links with Afghanistan — including a web of relationships among militant groups — will add to the volatility in the region. 

Central Asia's links to Afghanistan mean it will feel strong effects of the U.S.-NATO drawdown in 2014....

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