This article explains the OSCE’s potential role to socialise Central Asia to the norms of liberal human rights and democracy. Arguing of the obstacles created by Central Asia’s “autochthonous culture and institutions,” as well as of the organisation’s own ineffectiveness in providing tangible material and political incentives, the author suggests that the OSCE show a “more responsive attitude towards Central Asia’s autochthonous culture” and elaborate a still lacking “strategy for the intercultural dialogue.” Based on a combination of essentialist postulates on the modernity of Western societies and, conversely, on the implacably traditional character of Central Asian ones, the article does not take into account the indisputable, sometimes decisive though often discreet successes of the organisation, notably in Tajikistan, nor its contribution in the emergence and structuring, in several countries of the region, of an embryonic political class.

The Redaction
CER: II-7.4.A-634