UZBEKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY UNDER MIRZIYOYEV: CHANGE OR CONTINUITY?
UZBEKISTAN’S FOREIGN POLICY UNDER MIRZIYOYEV: CHANGE OR CONTINUITY?Beishenbek TOKTOGULOV
After Mirziyoyev came to power in December 2016, impressive developments have taken place in Uzbekistan’s relations with the Central Asian republics, regional and external powers, and international institutions. These developments have led some to concur that Uzbekistan is going through remarkable or milestone/drastic changes in its foreign policy. The objective of this paper is to analyze Uzbekistan’s foreign policy under Mirziyoyev, in comparison with that of his predecessor, and to reveal whether there have been changes or continuities in Uzbekistan’s foreign policy under his administration. The study puts forth that Uzbekistan under Mirziyoyev has continued to maintain its military neutrality and prioritize Central Asia in its foreign policy. This demonstrates that Karimov’s core foreign policy strategy has been maintained under Mirziyoyev. The only difference has been his country’s constructive foreign policy approach to its relations with the regional and external actors.
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KEYWORDS: Uzbekistan, Foreign Policy, Mirziyoyev, Karimov, Change, Continuity.