Buffer Mini-States Are Emerging in Central Asia

The SCO Countries Are Concerned at the Threats That Will Arise Following the Withdrawal of the International Force from Afghanistan
Vladimir Mukhin
Nezavisimaya Gazeta Online, 2 April 2014,

"We do not share the optimism of Western countries in their estimates of the prospects of a stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. The activity of international terrorist and Islamic extremist organizations in the country remains high…. We forecast the increased activity of terrorists in proximity to Russia’s borders…"

http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/OEWatch/201405/Russia_01.html

See also:

A Central Asian Perspective of Security in Afghanistan
By Matthew Stein, FMSO Analyst. August 2013
http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents/CA-Perspective-of-Security-in-Afghanistan.pdf

External Support for Central Asian Military and Security Forces
Working Paper
DMITRY GORENBURG
SIPRI | January 2014
http://www.sipri.org/research/security/afghanistan/central-asia-security/publications/SIPRI-OSFno1WP.pdf

Central Asia: Dim Security Prospects Ahead?
As U.S. interest in the region wanes, the prospects for Central Asia security are uncertain at best.
By Georgiy Voloshin
The Diplomat | December 03, 2013
http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/central-asia-dim-security-prospects-ahead/

The Goals of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Its Impact on Central Asia and the United States
Mr. Matthew Stein, FMSO-JRIC Analyst. January 2013
http://fmso.leavenworth.army.mil/documents/IMU-Goals.pdf

EU and NATO engagement with the SCO: Afghanistan as a pilot
Marcel de Haas
Europe’s World, 7 May 2014
http://www.clingendael.nl/publication/eu-and-nato-engagement-shanghai-cooperation-organization-afghanistan-pilot

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