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Can Britain be a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia?

Edited by Adam Hug

The ‘Britain as a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia’ Working Group, coordinated by The Foreign Policy Centre, has put together country briefing papers with a range of different contributions from members.

After a year of political turbulence, in both Central Asia and the UK, the papers take stock of some of the key challenges and opportunities facing Britain’s role in the region. Particularly, in relation to what it can do to support good governance, human rights and political freedoms.

They look at the UK’s engagement with the region and examine the extent of the diplomatic and economic tools available to it to support positive change both bilaterally and in partnership with like minded partners. They also examine what changes are needed at home to prevent the UK from enabling some of the worst practices in Central Asia, notably to stop it being a repository for dirty money from the region.

This informal Working Group brings together academics and NGO representatives from the UK and Central Asia to look at the role the UK can play to improve human rights and governance in the region. While the briefing papers have been compiled from a range of different personal contributions, editorial decision making has been taken by the Foreign Policy Centre’s Adam Hug.


Download copies of the briefing papers below:

Kazakhstan paper

Kyrgyzstan paper

Tajikistan paper

Turkmenistan paper

Uzbekistan paper


Watch the closing event of 2022 – Can Britain be a ‘force for good’ in Central Asia – here.


Prof. Kristian Lasslett (Professor at Ulster University and Co-Director Uz Investigations);

Dr Khalida Azhigulova (Associate Professor at Eurasian Technological University);

Dr Aijan Sharshenova (Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek); and

Chair; Adam Hug (Director of the Foreign Policy Centre).

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