|Title||VISITING SCHOLARLY DEBATES ON REGIONAL SECURITY: NATO'S POLICY ON CENTRAL ASIA|
Tursunmuratov Turdimurat Makhamatkulovich
University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
The paper critically analyzes the concept of ‘Central Asia’ in the context of NATO. The current debate on Central Asia in terms of NATO centered on five main inter-textual discourses: firstly, a discourse on efficiency with regard to NATO’s policy; secondly, a discourse on a resurgence of the Taliban, that is, a new interpretation of Taliban threat in the post-ISAF period; thirdly, a discourse on Iran; that is, Iran becomes a new face of threat in the region; fourthly, a discourse on Forward Operating Locations (FOL) within the geographical boundaries of Central Asia which is regarded to be a mobile group that could tackle any security and humanitarian challenges once such challenges arise; fifthly, a discourse on Islamic insurgency and geopolitics; that is, the countries of Central Asia, in particular Uzbekistan, could counter regional Islamic insurgency as well as Russian influence.