Uzbekistan is a country that has a great clout in shaping the dynamics of Central Asian politics given its size, economy and population. Therefore, any changes in its foreign policy are followed closely by the regional states and the major global powers.
On February 11, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that “Georgia is moving closer to NATO thanks to its reforms, and to its significant contributions to our shared security.” Further he said that prior to joining NATO, Georgia must gain a Membership Action Plan (
Due to the geopolitical location and the natural resources of Central Asia wide range of nations has focused its attention on the region, developing various strategies towards the regional states. Japan is one of those nations.
The South Caucasus region is still experiencing instability due to the enduring conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.