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Why is there "Central Asia" for Europe?

Tynyshtyk Mailibayeva

Central Asia is commonly understood as a region uniting former USSR members - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, despite vagueness of such approach of regionalization. In particular, such view of considering these independent countries as somewhat single and monotone region is present in policies and expressions of international bodies - foreign states and organizations, as a signifier of lack of interest and/or clear objectives in regards to these countries. Situation is to be changing in the light of increasing energy demands and intensifying bi/multilateral contacts in economic and political areas. This paper aims at discussing the dilemma of misperception of "Central Asia as a region" and strife for stronger cooperation with European Union from the problems with self-identity of both parties and their outside positioning.



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