Chapter from America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership

Annette Bohr

This chapter, taken from the book America and a Changed World: A Question of Leadership, explores the Obama administration's policy priorities in Central Asia that follow on consistently from those of the George W Bush administration, concentrating on two main areas: the war on terror and energy interests.

The chapter argues that despite the limits to American power in the region, the Central Asian leaderships nonetheless continue to use relations with the United States to counterbalance Russia and, to a lesser degree, China. Democratization efforts must be part of a long-term strategy in Central Asia aimed at furthering overall socio-economic development.