Kyrgyzstan’s decision to cancel a cooperation treaty with the United States after tensions over the US awarding a human rights prize to jailed dissident, Azimjon Askarov, contributed to deteriorating US-Kyrgyz bilateral relations. Although the strategic value of Kyrgyzstan for the US diminished with the closure of the Manas transit center and Bishkek’s joining the Eurasian Economic Union, the country remains a showcase of US development aid to the region. Kyrgyzstan continues to be the most democratic country of Central Asia and is preparing for lively legislative elections in October.
Join us for a roundtable with US experts on Kyrgyzstan to discuss this double context and the future of US-Kyrgyz relations. Roundtable participants include Erica Marat (National Defense University), Eric McGlinchey (George Mason University), and Sean Roberts (George Washington University).
Part of the CAP series “Central Asia Policy Assessment”, generously funded by GW’s CIFF funds.