Uzbekistan

On a positive note…

Opportunities for Central Asia Central Asia receives rather limited attention when compared to other parts of the world, and when it does, it is often not good news: authoritarian regimes,...

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan has been re-elected after scoring 90 per cent of votes at the Uzbek general elections held on 29 March 2015. According to offcial estimates,...

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

Introduction(1) The European Union’s (EU) Strategy for Central Asia is being reviewed for the fourth time. Over the last eight years, the EU has been successful in creating several institutionalised...

European National Policies Series – Russia and Central Asia

Russia is a unique actor in Central Asia. It is the former colonial power and it continues to shape the future of the region. Even if Russia has lost...

Discussing human rights with Central Asia is not enough

Universal human rights seem to bypass Central Asia Central Asia is probably the most authoritarian region in the world. According to Freedom House’s 2014 ‘Nations in Transit’ report, the level...

Uncharted waters: Presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Popular legend holds that the 18th century French King, Louis XV, claimed that after his death everything would fall apart (après moi, le déluge). To outsiders, a similar uncertainty...

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...

International Coordination of Water Sector Initiatives in Central Asia

Water resources and their management are a key policy area for Central Asian republics, as well as for international donors. The range of issues and approaches involved, the multitude...

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...

European National Policies Series – Norway and Central Asia

Norway is a peripheral European state, with a population of only five million, but it has an economy that is larger than its population figures would suggest. Although it...