After September 11, 2001, U.S. policy emphasized bolstering the security of the
Central Asian states to help them combat terrorism, proliferation, and arms trafficking.
Other strategic interests include internal reforms (democratization, free markets, and
human rights) and energy development. Administration policy also aims to integrate
these states into the international community so that they follow responsible security and other policies, and to discourage the growth of xenophobic, fundamentalist, and anti-Western orientations that threaten peace and stability.