RD experts discuss the changing political dimensions of Central Asia and analyze the interests that China, Russia and the United States have in the region.

 Video by Pavel Gazdyuk

Russia Direct experts Alexey Vlasov, Director General of the Information and Analytical Center for Post-Soviet Studies and the Deputy Dean of the History Department at Lomonosov Moscow State University, and Dmitry Ontoev, an Expert at the Public Political Studies Center, have analyzed for RD Brief the state of affairs in Central Asia just months before the coalition troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan. Their report examines three scenarios the situation in the region could follow over the next five to seven years.

The experts believe that the world’s leading powers have vested interests in the region and what we are witnessing now is the new "Great Game" for Central Asia. "For them Central Asia is not only a transit route, but also a mix of economic, political and security interests," they argue.

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