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Declaration of the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan

The declaration of the Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for a Secure and Stable Afghanistan was adopted on November 2, 2011 at the Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan. The declaration was agreed to by Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and the United Arab Emirates.A 

Calming the Ferghana Valley

by Nancy Lubin, Barnett R. Rubin
Spanning parts of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, the Ferghana Valley is home to 20 percent of Central Asia's entire population. Calming the Ferghana Valley assesses the potential for conflict in Central Asia through the prism of that volitile area.
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Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Report on Central Asia and Afghanistan

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee released this report on December 19, 2011. The press release states,"As part of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's ongoing oversight of U.S engagement in Afghanistan and the broader region, Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) today released a report examining Central Asia's critical role in Afghanistan.Central Asia and the Transition in Afghanistan is based on an October 2011 field visit by the Committee's majority staff to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan as well as extensive staff meetings with experts and policymakers. It provides several important statistics and offers three overarching recommendations for the Administration as it prepares for the 2014 transition in Afghanistan and continues to engage with countries in the region."

Building the New Silk Road

by James McBride
The United States and China have developed competing visions for reviving ancient trade routes connecting Asia and Europe. The U.S. diplomatic strategy focuses on Afghanistan, while China hopes to economically integrate Central and South Asia. India and Russia also have regional ambitions.

The Russian Military

by Jonathan Masters
Military power has reemerged as an importantcomponent of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region, explains this Backgrounder.