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Jos Boonstra

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Before joining the Centre for European Security Studies in 2016, Boonstra worked as senior researcher, and later as head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia programme at FRIDE, a think tank with offices in Madrid and Brussels. He completed MAs in Contemporary History and International Relations at the University of Groningen. His work focuses on Eurasian and transatlantic security issues (in particular EU, NATO and OSCE policies) as well as on development policies and democratisation in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Boonstra is member of several internal research networks and regularly comments on international issues in the media.

EUCAM fellows in-person

After a covid break of two years, CESS is hosting EUCAM fellows at their office in Groningen again. We are grateful for being able to discuss Central Asian and...

The state of civil society in Central Asia, 15 December 2021

This seminar was organized by the George Washington University Central Asia Program and EUCAM. During the online seminar Erica Marat, Begimai Bekbolotova and Jos Boonstra debate EUCAM's latest working...

Open seminar on ‘Energy Transition and Central Asia’, 17 January 2022

Despite Central Asia being one of the world’s most climatically vulnerable regions, there is a large literature gap related to energy transition and climate change impact and policy in...

Security matters – EUCAM Watch 25

Security matters In this issue, that was drafted before the violent protests in Kazakhstan, we discuss security in Central Asia. The topics under consideration – human security; Central Asian enclaves and;...

Become an EUCAM 2022 Spring 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 programme. We aim to select...

Between praise and persecution: Civil society in Kyrgyzstan

Introduction Kyrgyzstan’s civil society has been renowned in Central Asia and beyond for its influence and activism. But with the sudden rise of a new populist president, civil society’s freedom and...

EUCAM writing and outreach course 2021

The Europe Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) initiative of the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) is open to applications for its ‘civil society writing and outreach course’. The online...

Seven pointers for the new EUSR for Central Asia

The position of European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for Central Asia is key for EU-Central Asia relations. The EU’s visibility in the region remains modest, and the EUSR plays...

Delivering aid ‘uphill’: Discussing development cooperation in the mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan present a set of specific development challenges and opportunities to inhabitants, local governments, and international donors alike. Often, there is a mismatch...

Central Asian views on Eurasia’s turbulent 2020 events

Editorial Covid-19 takes a backseat to war, protests, and power struggles While the world continued to struggle with Covid-19 and had their eyes set on the outcome of the US elections,...