Current Russian primacy in Central Asia has influenced its relations with China towards the powerful partnership that it constitutes today. We have also seen Russian leverage affect the Western powers' ability to take action in Syria, NATO intervention in Libya almost blocked, and Ahmedinijad's Iran and Hezbollah assisted with maintaining influence within the Middle East.
Russia is using Central Asia’s hydrocarbon resources as part of its strategy to re-establish itself once again on the world stage, a dangerous and unsettling prospect for the Western powers at a time when energy security is still uncertain. Therefore, in order to gauge the extent of imbalance in the Central Asian region, my thesis looks at the Western Powers’ current and proposed presence in the region, and assesses the extent to which the Western Powers can counterbalance Russian primacy.
Tabish Shah is a PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick in the Department of Politics & International Studies. Tabish's work is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council; Tabish has also been a consultant within the UK Government's counter-terrorism strategy PREVENT and has held secondments as a Specialist at the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee and International Development Committee.