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A threat inflated? The countering and preventing violent extremism agenda in Kyrgyzstan

Often overshadowed by regional headline-grabbing hotspots like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, Kyrgyzstan and its Central Asian neighbours rarely get international attention. But after a series of high-profile attacks and reports of recruitment into violent groups like Islamic State, the issue of ‘violent extremism’ has come into focus in the last few years. In response, authorities, donors, multilateral agencies and many international and national non-governmental organisations in Kyrgyzstan have shifted their attention to the preventing or countering violent extremism (C/PVE) agenda.But does the new agenda sufficiently address the security concerns of people in Kyrgyzstan? Or is it an externally-imposed priority that misses the mark?
Long-read article, March 2019SafeWorld
TKloé Tricot O’Farrell and Jordan Street

China’s Belt and Road Initiative through the lens of Central Asia
Has the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched by China in 2013, changed the perception of China among local actors in Central Asia? There are numerous internal problems and contradictions among the Central Asian countries and the region remains one of the least integrated into the world. This poses serious challenges to BRI but also offers opportunities for enhancing regional connectivity and integration. The analysis focuses on economic cooperation, infrastructure and educational initiatives, as they as they are among BRI’s main pillars. 
December, 2018 NUPI
Indra Overland and Roman Vakulchik

EUCAM commentaries review by CAAN
Central Asia Analytical Network has prepared a review in Russian of our most recent commentaries: Civil society in Uzbekistan: Building from the ground up, North, West, home best: Tajik labor migration and EU development cooperation, Key Kazakh interests in working with Europe
August 8, 2018 Central Asia Analytical Network (CAAN)
Zainab Muhammad-Dost

The rise of illiberal civil society in the former Soviet Union?
This publication examines the growing influence of illiberal, anti-Western and socially conservative civil society groups, popular movements and political forces in five post-Soviet states: Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova.
July 18, 2018 The Foreign Policy Center
Adam Hug

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Former and current fellows meet in Brussels

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Become an EUCAM 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 fellowship programme. Over...