Janus.net (May 2014)

Central Asia: the bends of history and geography?

  • Paulo Duarte

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 5, no. 1
pp. 48 – 62


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This article aims to highlight the major historical and geopolitical characteristics of Central Asia, a region that led authors like Brzezinski to state that "whoever controls that space, will rule the planet", linking, on the other hand, the durability of American hegemony to Washington policy in the region. Why is Central Asia important in the international system? The central argument is that this is a region of major importance in the current economic arena as a result of its history, geography and strategic position as a link between East and West, a space of competition and reinforcement of the great powers.