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Kazakhstan’s grip on virtual reality

As the world considers how best to regulate the ‘virtual reality’ of online information exchange and communication, Kazakhstan has taken a tough and clearly disproportionate step to tighten its...

The Kyrgyz Republic Presidential Elections: No surprises but few opportunities for democratisation

As expected, Kurmanbek Bakiev won the presidential election held on July 23rd in Kyrgyzstan by a huge margin. The current president secured more than 76% of the votes, while...

The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative in Central Asia

Introduction The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative is one of three EU regional projects in Central Asia,1 first set out in the EU’s Central Asia Strategy in 2007, as a...

Water and Energy Disputes of Central Asia: in search of regional solutions?

Regional cooperation and its alternatives as solution paths for the water and energy disputes in Central Asia by Natalia Mirimanova Water and energy resources are not limited in Central Asia,...

The EU and Central Asia: Commercialising the Energy Relationship

The commercial energy relationship between the EU and Central Asia will be structured around gas above other hydrocarbons and minerals. More specifically, it would entail the provision of medium-...

The EU and Uzbekistan: short-term interests versus long-term engagement

Introduction After fifteen years of independence, there are practically no democratic institutions in place in Uzbekistan. Only a few individuals are struggling to set up any viable alternative. The prevailing...

Central Asia and the Global Economic Crisis

Introduction(1) In 2007 the EU published a Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. In its initial stages the EU focused on developing new forums for dialogue with the...

The EU’s approach to the development of mass media in Central Asia

Introduction In spite of positive developments in terms of human rights, the rule of law and democratisation in Central Asia following the adoption of the European Union (EU) Strategy in...

Business and Trade Relationships between the EU and Central Asia

The European Union is seeking to establish a place for itself in Central Asia in the face of a Chinese presence that is growing exponentially and a Russian influence...

East Meets West – Reorienting the EU’s Central Asia Strategy

The European Union approved its frst Central Asia strategy document in June 2007 for the period 2007-2013. From the EU’s perspective, the Central Asia Strategy (CAS) rounded out the...