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Peacefulness on the Rise in Central Asia

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Given the economic slowdowns, threats of Russian revanchism, and entrenching autocracies across the region, there would seem little grounds for optimism girding Central Asia’s broader near-term outlook. However, while certain aspects of regional development point toward concerns ahead — say, Turkmenistan’s economic cul-de-sac, or Kazakhstan’s lack of presidential succession plans — not all news on the region’s outlook need necessarily be dire.

Such are the findings of the most recent Global Peace Index (GPI), an annual ranking from the Institute for Economics and Peace that collates the “level of peacefulness” across the world. The GPI is made up of 23 “indicators of the violence or fear of violence,” from number and duration of both internal and external conflicts to military expenditures,........

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