CSRC Working Paper 13

The Regionalist Project in Central Asia: unwilling playmates
Working Paper No : 13 (series 2)
Author(s) : Anna Matveeva
Date : March 2007

Over the last decade, the states of Central Asia have been engaged in numerous organisational structures and projects aimed at fostering regional cooperation. This regional cooperation approach has become fashionable with the international community which sees it as a means of preventing state fragility and crisis.

This paper discusses the political and economic background to the countries in the region and examines the key organisations that have attempted regional cooperation before analysing the successes and failures of this approach.

Anna Matveeva is a Visiting Fellow with the Crisis States Research Centre and is a consultant on Central Asia and the Caucasus.