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Jos Boonstra

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.

Evaluation of the EU’s human rights policies and engagement in Central Asia

This report, that was commissioned by the European Parliament, argues that European support for human rights in Central Asia mostly seeks to tackle technical matters in the judicial sector...

Is the EU downscaling political engagement in Central Asia?

As of 1 March 2014, the European Union (EU) will no longer have a high representative (EUSR) to Central Asia. Ambassador Patricia Flor who has fulflled the role since...

The Impact of the 2014 ISAF Forces’ Withdrawal from Afghanistan on the Central Asian...

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan commences, the international community increasingly looks towards the relationship between Afghanistan and Central Asia. This study that was commissioned by the European...

Mapping EU development aid to Central Asia

This collection of factsheets provides an overview of European Union (EU) aid allocations to Central Asia (2007-13) through various geographical and regional instruments and programmes. The information below offers a succinct...

EU-US cooperation in Central Asia: parallel lines meet in infinity?

The European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) have many shared interests in Central Asia, but follow different approaches. The main points of convergence are the pursuit of...

Central Asia 2030…

Novels, academic literature and cinema all tend to take a bleak view in forecasting the future. Futuristic novels from the 1920s and 1930s, such as We by Yevgeny Zamyatin...

Security Sector Reform in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: what role for Europe?

The security sectors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are to different extents corrupt, lack democratic control and can even be a threat to the population. They differ in terms...

Rule of Law support for Central Asia

Every leader, whether authoritarian or democratic, would agree that the rule of law is needed in managing a state. They might disagree, however, on the precise meaning and purpose...

Thinking security, doing development? The security-development nexus in European policies towards Tajikistan

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan approaches, the EU increasingly focuses on preventing potential spillover effects on Central Asia. The Union wishes to further its cooperation with the...

Environmental Security in Central Asia

One Bucket at a Time Landlocked Central Asia is home to two major rivers, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, as well as two inland seas, the Caspian and Aral....