Central Asia Policy Briefs Central Asia Program Series Publications

US policy toward Kyrgyzstan and the closing of Manas transit center

Central Asia Policy Brief No. 19, December 2014

By Emil Joroev, Roger Kangas, and Erica Marat

For years, the United States has stated that leaving the Manas transit center would be detrimental to its security mission in Afghanistan. Now that the transit center is closed, can we assess any strategic loss for the US in relation to Afghanistan? Or was that mostly a tool to secure a direct channel of communication with Kyrgyz authorities?

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