Central Asia’s relevance in geopolitical terms is increasing due to the abundance of natural resources in the region. The following article aims to provide a snapshot of the Central Asian region, which includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The article will set out some general background information,and then elaborate on the threats facing the region as a result of criminal activity, such as those resulting from money laundering, political corruption and terrorism. Originally published in the Dec 2010-February 2011 Vol. 10 No. 1 edition of ACAMS Today, a publication of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) copyright 2011 – www.acams.org.
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