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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.

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....

EUCAM tour de Central Asia

Te EU Central Asia Strategy @ 5 The EU Strategy for Central Asia is fve years old. Much has been accomplished in over half a decade of building relations, but...

Ten tasks for the new EU Special Representative to Central Asia

The EU has a new Special Representative (EUSR) for Central Asia. It was announced on 18 June that Patricia Flor from Germany would on 1 July replace Ambassador Pierre...

Democracy in Central Asia: Sowing in unfertile fields?

Introduction Central Asia is one of the most repressive regions in the world. Compared with the two other former-Soviet regions of Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) and the South...

Security and development in Central Asia. The EU compared to China and Russia

China and Russia are the most influential external actors in Central Asia, while the EU has substantially increased its activity and presence in the region since 2007. How do...

NATO and Central Asia

The two elephants that never meet The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has a keen interest in Central Asia due to the security and stability risks the region generates, as...

Finland and Central Asia

Helsinki - Moscow - Bishkek The European Union’s engagement in Central Asia largely depends on the national policies of member states and donor support. The amount of development assistance provided...

Go Gorno-Badakhshan

The autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO) in Tajikistan offers one of the world’s most impressive landscapes. The Pamir Mountains with peaks of up to 7,500 meters is second only...

Security and Development – key in new EUCAM programme

Security and development key in new EUCAM programme It is a pleasure to introduce a new EUCAM Watch as part of the new Europe-Central Asia Monitoring programme. Much has happened...