DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/7d8f6229/kazakhstan_and_cen) has announced the addition of the "Kazakhstan and Central Asia Defence and Security Report Q2 2012" report to their offering.
Although largely ignored by the media, a potential realignment of the security priorities of the Central Asian Republics is beginning to occur. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are all contemplating a future without US and NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan. The withdrawal of these forces, which is expected to commence from 2014, could have serious security implications for all five of these nations. Since the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom commenced in 2001 with the aim of ridding Afghanistan of Taliban and al-Qaeda cadres, the security situation for these countries has arguably stabilised following the deployment of foreign forces into the troubled Central Asian country.
Despite their noticeable ethnic and demographic differences, all five countries have some important security concerns in common. For example, they are all concerned about the spread of Islamic extremism into their polity, possible increases of narcotics and weapons trafficking, and increased incidences of terrorism and organised criminal activity.
All five countries are not alone in perceiving the threat to their respective territories in the wake of the US and NATO withdrawal. Russia is similarly concerned. For Moscow, Central Asia remains firmly within its sphere of influence with Russia seeing the Central Asian Republics as its vulnerable soft underbelly' lacking the security and stability of its western and eastern borders. Like the Republics, Moscow greatly fears the export of violence and illegal activity from any worsening of the security situation in Afghanistan. To this end, Russia is increasing its security assistance to Central Asia. Not only is this intended to ensure that these countries can meet any threat, but may also be an attempt to draw them more firmly into Moscow's sphere of influence once the US departs from Central Asia.
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