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What Is The OSCE Doing In The Central Asian Region? More Questions Than Answers

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 16:53

For reference: OSCE is the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. It is the world's largest regional organization for resolving security issues. It unites 57 countries located in North America, Europe, and Central Asia.


The modern sphere of international relations includes not only interstate relations but also relations participated by other actors, including international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). They are active participants in international relations. Their activities in various areas of international cooperation can have both positive and negative influences.


In our publications on the current situation in the Central Asian Region (CAR), we have already touched upon the negative role of the OSCE. Let's try to deliver our analysis in more detail, as it reveals a serious problem of international level and significance.


Today, when the peoples of Central Asia are looking back, their elite and intelligentsia experience a hard realization: The hopes we placed on Western democratic institutions and the Western value system were naive. They were just a teenage reaction to the freedom suddenly given to us. The elite thought the West that would bring stability, but nothing like that has happened.


The OSCE has been the largest and most influential carrier of Western-style democracy in the region over the years. This organization was considered a guarantor of security and stability in the CAR. However, as of today, attentive observers and analysts ask: why do we even need the OSCE missions in Central Asia? When do we see the end of the lengthy discussions on the democratic path of the region's young republics and the beginning of real actions? In reality, it turns out there has not been less talk, and no actions have been done. And sometimes they are absolutely different from what we expected from this authoritative organization.


In recent history, there have been many cases where the OSCE staff spoke about stability while actually being engaged in the banal “swaying of the boat.” This has led to the fact that the leaderships of the Central Asian republics have an overall negative attitude towards the OSCE. In recent years, this organization has not only systematically collected comprehensive information on conflict factors in the Central Asian republics. It has also attempted to influence the internal political conflicts. This distrust is supported by the Russian side.


Regarding the activities of the OSCE missions, the leaderships of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan occupy a purely pragmatic position. They use the grants allocated to support non-governmental organizations only to implement their government programs and projects.


Vienna must understand the mercenary goals of the OSCE have been uncovered. Virtually everyone in every CAR country that hosts OSCE missions understands the behind-the-scenes side of its activities. No one has had any illusions for quite some time. They will simply treat it like an ATM afterward, seeing it as another freebie source of funding, speaking bluntly.


The leadership of Uzbekistan believes the main goal of the OSCE is collecting data on the existing ethnic conflicts and conducting ethnic and political monitoring. Thus, the opening of an OSCE office in Tashkent may lead to an escalation and aggravation of such conflicts.


The governments of the Central Asian republics will not undertake any steps in the field of human rights protection, media freedom and other beautiful slogans the OSCE representatives traditionally propagate in many countries around the world. They will only milk the OSCE regularly, for as long as possible.


The Republic of Uzbekistan and other Central Asian states will seek the conclusion of long-term programs with the OSCE. Due to the fact the OSCE has decided to reduce the funding of programs in the CAR and wants to rely on the assistance of donor countries, the Asian governments intend to build a dialogue in a bilateral, equitable format, without taking into account the coordinating role of the OSCE.


One more aspect is also important in the above context. It's impossible to exclude the quite probable scenario that is very negative for both Russia and the CAR countries. The war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq is drawing to a close. However, the ISIS fighters themselves have not vanished. Every day we see on the TV that they are allowed to leave the areas controlled by the Syrian government troops, bringing their weapons and families along. Then, they are transferred to Afghanistan. Anyone can probably guess what kind of a threat this poses for the CAR countries. It will not only increase the tensions at the borders but entail attempts to destabilize the situation in this region as a whole. The “Collective West” has already put its efforts into transforming Ukraine into a powerful “pain point” near Russia. We remember the role played by all these NGOs in the technologies for preparation of the Ukrainian “color revolutions” and Maidans. Not to mention their role during the period of well-known events in Chechnya, where they became notorious for the purposeful incitement of anti-Russian sentiments. Therefore, it's by no means an idle question to inquire about the possible role of the OSCE in the implementation of such scenarios. In particular, in creating a new conflict center. It's also clear to all that preparations for this are being done in advance. Mrs. Merkel's 2016 visit to Kyrgyzstan alone is something! Look at the map and see the distance separating Germany and Kyrgyzstan! Well, they are far from being neighbors. As Germany has no other issues other than seeking to re-establish the relations with the CAR countries. As if there's neither the refugee problem nor the united Europe problem. However, if we assume these are concrete steps made in accordance with a well thought-out plan, then everything falls into place. Therefore, the CAR countries need to be vigilant and attentive to all the steps of Europeans in our region.

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