U.S. INTERESTS IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CHALLENGES TO THEM

U.S. INTERESTS IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CHALLENGES TO THEM

by Stephen J. Blank

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U.S. INTERESTS IN CENTRAL ASIA AND THE CHALLENGES TO THEM by Stephen J. Blank

For the United States, Central Asia is a region of
both growing importance and of growing challenge. Its
proximity to Russia, China, Iran, India, and Pakistan;,
location as the center of the Global War on Terrorism;
and its large energy holdings make it a strategic region
where the United States has important, some might
even say vital, interests. Those interests pertain, first of
all, to geostrategic realities of security, particularly in
the war on terrorism. But they also pertain to energy and
to the effort to support liberalizing and democratizing
reforms.
However, today those interests are challenged by
Russo-Chinese and Iranian opposition to U.S. presence
there, those governments’ and local regimes’ resistance
to reform, and the revival of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Therefore we need to assess how those challenges are
manifesting themselves and how America best might
adapt to meet them and pursue its interests with greater
success.
Accordingly, the Strategic Studies Institute is
pleased to present this monograph by Professor
Stephen Blank who takes a fresh look at the current
situation in Central Asia and makes substantive policy
recommendations to the U.S. Army, the Defense
Department, and the U.S. Government concerning the
best way to

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BN ID: 2940148525233
Publisher: ReadCycle
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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About the Author

STEPHEN J. BLANK has served as the Strategic Studies
Institute's expert on the Soviet bloc and the post-
Soviet world since 1989. Prior to that he was Associate
Professor of Soviet Studies at the Center for Aerospace
Doctrine, Research, and Education, Maxwell Air
Force Base, and taught at the University of Texas, San
Antonio, and at the University of California, Riverside.
Dr. Blank is the editor of Imperial Decline: Russia's
Changing Position in Asia, coeditor of Soviet Military
and the Future, and author of The Sorcerer as Apprentice:
Stalin's Commissariat of Nationalities, 1917-1924. He has
also written many articles and conference papers on
Russian, Commonwealth of Independent States, and
Eastern European security issues. Dr. Blank's current
research deals with proliferation and the revolution
in military affairs, and energy and security in Eurasia.
His two most recent books are Russo-Chinese Energy
Relations: Politics in Command, London: Global Markets
Briefing, 2006 and Natural Allies?: Regional Security in
Asia and Prospects for Indo-American Strategic Cooperation,
Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S.
Army War College, 2005. He holds a B.A. in History
from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.A. and
Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.

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