Cross-Border Cooperation

The countries of Eurasia share geography, many common cultural practices and a long, entwined history. Despite these deep ties, cross-border relations and regional collaboration have diminished significantly since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Eurasia Foundation Network programs advance cross-border cooperation to address shared regional challenges with activities that promote closer cultural and business relations between conflicting countries.

When the Soviet Union fell and new borders were drawn up, there was little consideration for the ethnic groups and tribes that populated the region. Over time, as the newly developed countries gained more independence and political power, conflicts among these ethnic groups began to arise.

This trend has occurred throughout much of the Eurasia region, creating an opportunity for Eurasia Foundation to become a leader in track II diplomacy and cross-border dialogue for the Ferghana Valley, Nagorno-Karabakh enclave and Armenia-Turkey border. To learn more about our Cross-Border Programs, click here.

Since 2001, the Eurasia Foundation Network has implemented 100 cross-border projects in Central Asia, benefiting over 30,000 people. Over 5,000 individuals have participated in training sessions related to these projects.