Abstract Ostianová

Russia-US power struggle for unpredictable Central Asia

Nikola Ostianova

Abstract: The article focuses on a struggle between the Russian Federation and the US for Central Asian countries states — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The time settings of the topic encompass period between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the year 2011. Th e paper focuses on a development of a politico-military dimension of the relation between the two Cold War adversaries and Central Asia. It is divided into six parts which deal cover milestone events and issues which infl uenced the dynamics of the competition of Russia and the US in Central Asia. It is concluded that despite of the active engagement of Russia and the US neither of them has been able to gain loyalty of Central Asian countries.

Keywords: Central Asia, Russia, the US, military base, security, struggle