Central Asia stretches from the Caspian Sea in geopolitics of south asia pdf west to China in the east and from Afghanistan in the south to Russia in the north. It is also colloquially referred to as “the -stans” as the countries generally considered to be within the region all have names ending with the Persian suffix “-stan”, meaning “land of”.
Central Asia is sometimes referred to as Turkestan. Central Asia has historically been closely tied to its nomadic peoples and the Silk Road. It has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe, Western Asia, South Asia, and East Asia.