: MARCH 15, 2006
: STRATEGIC OPTIONS AS RELATED TO THE SOVIET SUCCESSOR
STATES, THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE PREVENTION OF
: NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COUNCIL
: ALEA ROACH, CHIEF FOREIGN POLICY ADVISOR
In our relations with the states of Central Asia, the United States must first and foremost seek
to preserve its own interests.
Currently, our main interests concerning the soviet successor
states include the prevention of terrorism and nuclear proliferation, and the maintenance and
expansion of the United States’ access to oil located in that region.
The current policies
dealing with the Soviet successor states need to be refined and adjusted to better suit the
current relationship between the United States and this region of the world.
In dealing with
Central Asia, the United States has many interests, which include oil, political climate and
leadership, democracy among the soviet successor states, terrorism, national defense/security,
and the threat of nuclear proliferation by some countries in the region.
Below is an outline of
numerous serious problems facing the United States in dealing with the Soviet successor
states, as well as outlines of the most effective and viable solutions to these problems.
most urgent of these issues are the problems of terrorism and oil, which are related to the
problems of leadership, corruption, government, democracy, and border security.
much political, social, and economic instability within the region; this instability greatly
hinders the United States’ goal of fulfilling its own interests in that region.
The best possible
solution for dealing with the multiple dilemmas facing the United States with respect to
Central Asia is to diplomatically work with Russia to create a coalition of states to maintain
order and peace in the region, stop the spread of Radical Islam and terrorism, encourage the
spread of democracy, and reach some sort of agreement with the coalition with respect to oil,