Central Asia today stands out on the world scene for the breadth and depth of the transformations it is experiencing.
The region has become a key hub for the logistics infrastructure promoted by China within the framework of the “Belt
and Road Initiative “(BRI or New Silk Road), intended to make it a bridge to and from the Mediterranean and the Near and
Middle East. The great prospects opened by these projects are however balanced by Russia’s will not to
losing their positions in the region and the uncertainties arising from US policy to contain
possibility of the two rival powers in this strategic chessboard. The indeterminacy remains in the background
of Afghanistan.
Within the Central Asian region, the new course of opening towards the neighbors, inaugurated by Uzbekistan in 2017 in
then, it continues to open up new and unexpected prospects for regional and international cooperation. At the same time,
Kazakhstan, the engine of the Central Asian economy with its energy wealth and its main approach
multivectoral to international and global issues, is experiencing a delicate phase of internal political transition whose results
they will be fundamental for the future of the entire region and, consequently, of Central Asian relations with the rest of the
world.
Driven by the economic relations interwoven in particular by France, Germany and Italy, Europe aspires to play a
role within this extensive and complex arena being defined.