Recently, the US experienced a number of foreign policy failures, including in Syria and Afghanistan.
The US’ pivot to Central Asia may be the Obama administration’s last chance to make up for its losses in the international arena.
During his trip, Kerry pledged support to Central Asian countries, including the development of hi-tech industries and financial support for local residents to study English. What is more, the US initiated a new format on the Afghan issue. The foreign ministers of the five Central Asian states and Kerry said the new format will contribute to peace and stability in the region.
However, there are doubts over Washington’s ability to take effective measures to maintain stability in the region.
Some say that Obama’s main goal in Afghanistan is to maintain instability to harm Russia’s interests. From this point of view, there is logic in Obama’s decision.
The fact that Central Asian leaders are ready to cooperate with Washington does not mean they are turning away from Russia as their key partner.
Such international blocs as the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Eurasian Economic Union are still influential in the region.
This is why, according to some journalists and experts, Kerry’s trip to Central Asia may not provide major political and strategic benefits for Washington.