Why does Central Asia Still Matter? Because it Matters to China.
My first guest post over at Registan.net just went live. Many thanks to Noah Tucker for thoughtful feedback, which made it much stronger.
Chinese foreign policy toward Central Asia and the Muslim world at large remains a niche subject that only concerns a subset of researchers. In the popular imagination, China is solely an East Asian power. But as the Sino-American relationship continues to evolve, through both frictions and convergence of interests, Central Asia promises to be an important area of cooperation. My point is not that China is the primary reason the U.S. should remain interested in Central Asian states, but consideration of Sino-American relations should play a role in shaping continued U.S. engagement in the broader region.
To read the whole article, head over to Registan.net.