South & Central Asia
Widespread but prominent, communities representing South & Central Asia can be found throughout the Heartland.
US foreign policy in South & Central Asia involves relations with the countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Key topics include political settlement in Afghanistan, cooperation with Pakistan, sustaining sovereignty in Central Asia, air quality, and maintaining peaceful relations between people of all countries. India, our main democratic ally, is a key partner is promoting these initiatives throughout the region.
Kansas City Ties
While there is no large cluster of South & Central Asia communities in Kansas City, unique cultures can be found through community organizations, restaurants, and places of worship.
There is a strong Indian community in Kansas City, propelled by the Indian Association of Kansas City (www.iakc.org). Additionally, Kansas City welcomed hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan in 2021.