2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety: South and Central Asia

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

United States and coalition forces continued to withdraw from Afghanistan throughout FY2014. As the Afghan government leads the country to a more prosperous future, the United States remains committed to bolstering our relationships with South and Central Asia by focusing on strengthening the economic ties and securing a reliable energy future. Maintaining regional and global security between the United States and South and Central Asian countries is critical.

In 2014, the first female demining team entered service in Tajikistan working along the Tajik-Afghan border. These women perform an important function in clearing landmines and UXO while serving as role models for other women. On the southern tip of South and Central Asia, Sri Lanka is making significant progress in landmine and UXO clearance following the end of its civil war in 2009.

Since 1993, the United States has provided more than $464 million in CWD contributions to South and Central Asia. Funding for Afghanistan accounts for more than $398 million of that amount. As economic links between South and Central Asian countries develop, continued U.S. assistance will be essential to stabilizing the region and allowing for greater economic prosperity and progress toward peace.