While some observers, such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, see the ECU as a genuine attempt to improve economic prospects for the developing nations of the former USSR, Ukraine is wise to remain wary.
Just as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict continues to serve as a drag on two countries’ potentially bright futures, so does the Sokh enclave hamper local and national development in Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan’s economy, driven by its mineral wealth, has fallen on hard times as nationalists have taken to attacking foreign mining companies. Conditions are ripe for exploitation by parties promising a return to the old order.
Bishkek must demonstrate that it is able to capably and reliably govern if it wants the nation as a whole to prosper. It is now up to Satybaldiev to confirm the faith they have shown, and fulfill the hopes of a nation.
All of these nations would benefit from a substantial dose of freedom. The peoples of Central Asia will flourish once they are able to take charge of their respective economic and political destinies.