Central Asia’s Growing Role in Building Peace and Regional Connectivity with Afghanistan

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Central Asia’s Growing Role in Building Peace and Regional Connectivity with Afghanistan

In its 2017 strategy for South Asia, the Trump administration called on Pakistan to reduce support for the Taliban and encourage them to enter into peace negotiations. Yet as crucial as Pakistan will be to peace in Afghanistan, a similarly persuasive argument can be made for Afghanistan’s northern neighbors—the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajiki stan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In this Special Report, Humayun Hamidzada and Richard Ponzio examine the vital economic and political roles these countries can play to support a just and lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region.