Central Asia changes in progress

  • Asia Pacific
  • Creating a Secure Organisation
Anna Walker

Anna Walker

Central Asia: Changes in Progress?

After 26 years of authoritarian rule, Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov died in early September, leaving no clear succession plan in place. Against a backdrop of intense pressure on Central Asian economies amid low oil and gas prices, Karimov's death raises questions about the stability of the country and the wider region.


Key themes
    • Security implications: how is Karimov's death likely to affect the short-term security situation?
    • Succession scenarios: how will the post-Karimov era look in Uzbekistan? Will conditions for foreign business change?
    • Economic pressures: what do regional governments' efforts to diversify their economies mean for business?

    • Anna Walker, Associate Director
    • Eimear O'Casey, Associate Analyst

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