The Taliban Takeover and Central Asian Security: What Will Russia and China Do?

Central Asia and Caucasus Seminar
Event Format
The withdrawal of U.S. forces and the speedy collapse of the Afghan government are creating a new security situation and transforming the geopolitical setting of Central Asia. Fears and concerns in the region are on the rise. What will Russia, the traditional security provider, and China, the emerging provider, do? How will they deal with these new challenges and opportunities? What are the choices facing Central Asian states, and how much room for maneuver do they have? This roundtable will discuss the current policies of Russia, China and Central Asian states, and possible scenarios for future developments and their implications for the region and Eurasia at large.
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Co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Oxus Society for Central Asian Affairs, and Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty.


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