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The purpose of this analytical report prepared in the framework of the project “Central
Asia after a Possible Withdrawal of Coalition Forces from Afghanistan” undertaken by
the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) is to make an attempt to identify the
actual position of Central Asia on the scale of Russian foreign policy priorities, to evaluate
opportunities and limitations available to Russia, to blueprint measures in consolidating
Russian positions in the region for the long-term perspective.
RIAC and the authors of the report hope that the presented material would be able to
give a new impetus to the topical discussion at the level of expert community, authorities
and businessmen, and to become a foundation for the development of the Foreign
Policy Concept of the Russian Federation in Central Asia.