// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2021. No III (LII). P. 59-77
Abstract. A number of factors hinder regional cooperation in Central Asia. They include multidirectional foreign policy priorities of the countries of the region and unresolved acute regional problems (territorial borders, water and energy, environmental, transport and communication, agricultural and food). The ruling elites of the countries of the region may fail to resist the temptation to channel population's dissatisfaction with the difficult socio-economic situation into the mainstream of interethnic and interstate conflicts. Therefore, there can be no question of Central Asian integration.
Keywords: Kazakhstan, Central Asia, lack of trust, national populism, Islamic radicalism, interests of non-regional players
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