Foreign Affairs Focus: The New Great Game in Central Asia With Alexander Cooley
Recently, China, Russia, and the United States have started to compete for influence in Central Asia. Unlike Afghanistan in the last Great Game, however, the governments there are strong enough to use the clash to their advantage. The Central Asian case is not a throwback to the past but a guide to what is to come: the rise of new players and the decline of Western influence in a multipolar world.
Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews author Alexander Cooley on the geopolitics of Central Asia and how outside powers--Russia, China, and the United States--are competing for influence in the region, as the British and Russian empires did a century ago. As the great powers attempt to exert their influence, the Central Asian states are becoming more aggressive and strategic when facing external pressure. This New Great Game could indicate how regional dynamics will play out in a modern multipolar world.
Read Cooley's article here.
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