The role of Uzbekistan in wider Eurasia

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The paper takes stock of the changes in Uzbekistan’s foreign policy by focusing on the shift from bilateralism to multilateralism in the country’s international affairs and the different approach to order-making in the wider Eurasian region. As it reviews new initiatives (Afghanistan, Turkic Council) and new approaches to old relationships (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, relations with Russia and China), the paper claims that one of the most noticeable shifts lies in Tashkent’s move from its previous relative isolation to a more engaged approach to order-making in the region. The paper also highlights some sticking points in Uzbekistan’s regional and international relations and examines some of the choices the country’s leadership will have to make in the near future. Order is what states make of it, and what Uzbekistan gets out these new initiatives depends on how much the country is willing to contribute.
Period7 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Held atUniversity of World Economy and Diplomacy, Uzbekistan
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Uzbekistan
  • foreign policy
  • change
  • continuity
  • Turkic Council
  • Central Asia
  • Mirziyoyev