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Can Uzbekistan’s President Meet Raised Expectations?
In this comment, an expert discusses what Shavkat Mirziyoyev has implemented during the three years of his presidency in light of the upcoming parliamentary elections. With great promises of political and economic reform, the government has set a high bar for itself. A continuing paternalistic form of governance, with its restricted civil society freedoms, human rights, stifling bureaucracy and corruption, against continuing lack of opportunities, will clash with the expectations of a growing young population. December 11, 2019 Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs
Kate Mallinson

Kazakhstan: Tested by Transition
A partial handover of political power through an orchestrated transition takes Kazakhstan into uncharted territory. Will it be able to pursue modernization and reform, and break from its authoritarian past? The research undertaken by this report’s eight authors shows that Kazakhstan is at risk of failing to achieve the goals its leadership has set for the country. As significant as it has been, the partial stepping aside of Nazarbayev by no means guarantees the modernization and renewal that he and his successor have promised. November 27, 2019 Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs
Annette Bohr, Dr Nigel Gould-Davies, Kate Mallinson, James Nixey, Birgit Brauer, Nargis Kassenova, Joanna Lillis and Dosym Satpayev

‘Violence with Every Step’: Weak State Response to Domestic Violence in Tajikistan
This report documents obstacles to help and justice for domestic abuse survivors in Tajikistan despite laws that guarantee survivors’ rights to protection and social services. Based on interviews conducted between 2015 and 2019, the report and its recommendations focus on violence against women by male partners and their relatives.
September 19, 2019 Human Rights Watch
Steve Swerdlow

Societal Change Afoot in Central Asia
In this article, authors examined six important trends that stand out while the gap between Central Asian governments and the governed is widening. Younger generations of Central Asian citizens are demanding more from their governments, but their leaders continue to cling to a rapidly eroding status quo.
October 18, 2019 Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Paul Stronski, Russell Zanca

Geopolitical Power Plays in Central Asia
This dossier looks at the different dimensions of Central Asia’s geopolitical relevance, in light of the latest developments brought about by two landmark political transitions in the region: the end of the regimes of Nursultan Nazarbayev in Kazakhstan and Islam Karimov in Uzbekistan. The dossier also lingers on the rivalries among different regional and international actors, whose strategic interests in the Central Asian region may clash.
October 3, 2019 Institute for International Political Studies
Eleonora Tafuro Ambrosetti

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Human security – cases from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

On 12 November 2019, EUCAM, together with the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) and the European Endowment for Democracy (EED) organised a roundtable on ‘Human...

Become an EUCAM Spring 2020 Fellow: Call for Applications

The Europe Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) initiative of the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) is open to applications for its civil society fellowship...

Media and Security workshop in Rotterdam


On 16 October, EUCAM and CESS fellows were in Rotterdam to take part in the ‘Media and Security’ workshop organised by EUCAM advisory group...