Russia in Central Asia: Security Challenges - Real and Imagined
Alexey Malashenko, Co-Chair, Carnegie Moscow Center's Religion, Society and Security Program
Ahead of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, there are concerns about the deterioration of security in Central Asia. Moscow has already articulated its unease about religious extremism and drug trafficking in the region, although it has not explicitly linked them with the widespread corruption and general crackdown on political opposition. At the same time, the role China would play in the region in the event of a security crisis is not clear. Alexey Malashenko will discuss the security issues Russia will face in Central Asia in the short to medium term, and the extent to which Moscow is equipped to cope with them.
Attendance is by invitation only.