Given their levels of economic interdependence, sanctions on Russia have the potential to cause dire consequences for the Central Asian economies. Surrounded by countries sanctioned by the West - Afghanistan, Iran, China, and Russia - the Central Asian republics are struggling to cope with the new round of sanctions against Moscow. Kazakhstan, a major energy exporter in the region, relies on Russian ports and infrastructure to reach global markets. Meanwhile, the southern republics of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan send some millions of migrant workers each year to Russia. But these are just the immediate challenges. Devaluation of the Russian ruble and the sudden collapse in trade will likely have immense socio-political consequences across the region at a time when it is still adapting to a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, a resurgent China, and domestic regime transitions. This event explores both the short and long-term challenges Central Asia will face in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the potential policy options available to prevent instability.
This event is co-sponsored by the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs.
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