Factoring the Regional Impact of Uzbekistan’s Withdrawal from the CSTO
When Uzbekistan announced its withdrawal from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, no one was surprised. The country was dissatisfied with the organization due to conflicting values and principles, and it also wanted to free itself from historical Russian domination. The withdrawal opens the question of how heavy a blow the Uzbek withdrawal is to Moscow’s strategic leadership in Central Asia. The answer is mixed.