Sosok.ID – During the old days, Central Asia is a historical place as the main part of the Silk Road.
Today, the territory consists of the former Soviet states, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
In the past, many people in Central Asia lived nomadically, and because of the Silk Road, it served as a crossroads of people, goods and political ideas between Europe, West Asia, South Asia and East Asia.
Prior to expansion by Turks, Central Asia was dominated by Iranians.
Things changed as the Ottomans ruled the world, and Central Asia became home to Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Tatars, Turkmens, Kyrgyz and Uyghurs speaking citizens.
Furthermore, in the mid-19th century until the late 20th century, most of the territory became part of the Russian Empire, which later became known as the Soviet Union.
Quoting The Diplomat, independent institutions and open discussions have taken root in Central Europe to Eurasia, said Nate Schenkkan, project director of the Nations in Transit.