EUCAM Working Papers/Reports - No. 19

Implementation and review of the European Union – Central Asia Strategy: Recommendations for EU action


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This paper, commissioned by the European Parliament, assesses the implementation of the European Union (EU) Strategy for Central Asia and outlines a series of recommendations with a view to increase the EU’s impact in Central Asia. The paper builds on an earlier EUCAM policy brief: Jos Boonstra, ‘Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia’, EUCAM Policy Brief, No. 34, February 2015 but is foremost based on the body of EUCAM research and monitoring of the EU Strategy for Central Asia since 2008. The main conclusions of the paper were presented in the European Parliament at an AFET meeting on 9 November 2015.

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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.
Tinatin Tsertsvadze joined IPHR’s Brussels team in January 2015 as International Advocacy Manager. She maintains regular contacts with EU institutions, monitors EU policies towards Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries and coordinates advocacy actions targeting EU and other international institutions. Before joining IPHR, she worked for four years at FRIDE, a European think-tank based in Brussels and Madrid, as Central Asia programme manager and conducted research and advocacy on EU policies towards Central Asia and the South Caucasus. She authored several publications on the EU’s human rights and democracy policies in these regions. Prior to that Tinatin briefly worked at the Open Society Institute in Brussels, and for the European Socialist Party, assisting in the 2009 European Parliament Election campaign. She was involved in the pan-European youth network AEGEE, and served one year as its Brussels director for European Institutions. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (specializing in European Studies) from the Georgian University (Georgia).