Kirghizia’s dealing with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The OSCE is seeking to expand its influence in Central Asia

The Kyrgyz Republic, seeking to be the most democratic state in Central Asia, pays special attention to the cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Meanwhile, over the past 28 years, their relationship have been unstable enough, RISS expert Dmitry Alexandrov points out in the analytical article of RISS journal “National Strategy Issues”. “Periods of stronger bilateral cooperation changed by mutual aggravation and contradictions. This was largely due to the lack of a clear understanding of the regional problems on the part of the OSCE, as well as the complex political and social processes taking place in the country,” he explained.

Alexandrov noticed that the OSCE's activities in recent years had been affected by a decrease in the US interests in Central Asia. “As the American presence in Afghanistan decreases, Washington is seeking to save its organizational and financial resources in the region, including the OSCE. The OSCE's problems in interaction with the Kyrgyz Republic are related to the fact that the organization has become the US tool of influence instead of being a structure that helps to reach compromises in the situation of competition between different political forces,” Alexandrov underscored.

RISS expert considers that if the organization remains focused on the ideological and political transformation of Kyrgyzstan, new crisis in the interaction of the two countries will be inevitable. “Strengthening of the OSCE's authority in Kyrgyzstan will only happen if the organization pay more attention to the urgent needs of the Kyrgyz Republic in the sphere of security and economy and act from a more neutral political position,” Alexandrov concluded.

journal Kirghizia