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Into EurAsia – Monitoring the EU’s Central Asia Strategy: executive summary and recommendations

The EU’s Central Asia strategy was introduced in 2007 in order to upgrade the EU’s cooperation with the five states of the region. The political context at that time...

Central Asia: Going nuclear

Recent data show that Kazakhstan is on course to become the world’s largest producer of uranium in 2009.(1) Uranium output across Central Asia is set to increase in the...

On How the Inclusion on EU Aviation List Spurs Reform in Central Asia

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov announced on 3 November 2009 that the government would not issue any new licences to airlines until Kazakhstan had resolved the situation with the...

EU Assistance to Central Asia: Back to the Drawing Board?

European Union (EU) assistance in general and to Central Asia in particular is a complicated, many sided and fairly opaque business. Over a seven-year period, 719 million Euros were...

Spain and Kazakhstan in the chair

2010 promises to be an interesting year for relations between Europe and Central Asia. The EU, guided by the Spanish Presidency, plans to initiate a review of the Strategy...

Destruction of Central Asian Electricity Grid: Causes and Implications

The destruction of the Central Asia-wide electricity grid has not only demonstrated the fragility of energy arrangements in the region but also the lack of political co-operation among regional...

Kazakhstan on the eve of the OSCE chairmanship: Madrid commitments and domestic political landscape

The prospect of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of OSCE was controversial due to the country’s poor human rights record. None of the parliamentary or presidential elections conducted over the last decade...

Optimisation of Central Asian and Eurasian Trans-Continental Land Transport Corridors

There is at present an overlapping but inadequately coordinated combination of strategic trans-continental transport corridors or axes stretching across the Eurasian landmass, centred on or around Central Asia. There...

The Growing Illiteracy in Central Asia: A Challenge for the EU

The Central Asian states have declared their interest in engaging in international cooperation in the higher education sector, but less so for primary and secondary education levels, which are...

Studying Europe in Central Asia: The Case of Kyrgyzstan

As the European Union sets out an ambitious agenda in its Central Asian strategy, its support for education may be used to raise awareness of Europe and help states...