Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2007

In Osteuropa 8-9/2007

Security Co-operation in Central Asia
The Struggle against the Drug Trade and Terrorism

Nicole J. Jackson

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The drug trade and terrorism are key threats to Central Asia. In order to fight them, governments there are seeking to work together through the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation and the Collective Security Treaty Organisation. But effective co-operation going beyond symbolic military manoeuvres is faltering, because those in power distrust one another, see different threats, and prefer bilateral relations. The states are part of the problem: The regimes’ repressive domestic policies foment Islamic extremism and corruption. Infiltration by organised crime is paralysing state agencies.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2007, pp. 357–368)