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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...

Beyond Border Management Programme for Central Asia (BOMCA)

Introduction In 2002, Romano Prodi, then President of the European Commission, proudly announced a plan to create a unified border guard for the European Union. Police from various member states...

From Central Asia into EurAsia

Having recently spent some time in all fve states of Central Asia on the EUCAM project monitoring the EU’s strategy there I am persuaded that the regional dimension to...

The multiple paradoxes of the agriculture issue in Central Asia

Agriculture constitutes one of the main sectors in the economies of Central Asia: cotton production in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, a booming grain sector in Kazakhstan; and a long tradition...

The EU Strategy for Central Asia says ‘security’. Does this include Security Sector Reform?

Introduction Central Asia faces a broad range of security challenges.(1) Due to the region’s position at the crossroads between Russia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Caspian Sea it is...

The impact of the global economic crisis on Central Asia and its implications for...

There is a profound connection between economics and politics. A stronger economy creates a basis for more ambitious political actions and programmes. At the opposite end, an economic downturn...

Central Asia’s growing partnership with China

Since the start of the 2000s, the China has become an increasingly important player on the Central Asian scene, which until then had been essentially divided between Russia and...

Getting to know each other: the EU and civil society in Central Asia

Forging links between European civil society organisations and their counterparts in Central Asia is no easy task. Delivering on EU fnancial support to NGOs and other civil groupings would...

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...