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Connectivity in Central Asia
Given the importance of connectivity for Central Asia, it is key to the EU’s relations with the region. The EU is making a difference, for example, by supporting educational exchanges and helping to dismantle trade barriers, but its role has not attracted the same attention as China’s BRI. The EU’s 2018 Connecting Europe and Asia strategy aims to redress the balance by setting out the values that underpin its own vision of sustainable, rules-based connectivity. For the strategy, connectivity is about more than infrastructure and includes tackling non-physical (e.g. regulatory) barriers to movement.
April 9, 2019 European Parliament
Briefing

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

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Study visit to The Hague

On 2 May, EUCAM fellows visited The Hague and had an opportunity to talk with representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and...

Become an EUCAM Fall 2019 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...

EUCAM fellows do Brussels

From 8 to 12 April our EUCAM fellows visited Brussels for a series of meetings with EU officials and training by ENC and EUCAM...