The US Silk Road: geopolitical imaginary or the repackaging of strategic interests?

@inproceedings{Laruelle2015TheUS,
  title={The US Silk Road: geopolitical imaginary or the repackaging of strategic interests?},
  author={Marl{\`e}ne Laruelle},
  year={2015}
}
Central Asia appears a highly fertile region for producing inflated imaginaries aimed at both domestic and external actors. Since the 1990s and more openly even since 2011, official Washington embraced the evocative and romantic concept of the Silk Road in formulating US policy for Central Asia. This article uses the critical geopolitics approach to understand US foreign policy assumptions and projections about post-Soviet Central Asia and its broader environment. I argue that the US version of… CONTINUE READING