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Narrowing the digital divide in Uzbekistan’s education system: Covid-19 lessons

The Covid-19 pandemic transformed everyday realities overnight, as most services and activities had to be moved online. Education worldwide was hit hard. As schools and universities shifted to online...

What does a ‘good life’ mean for Central Asia?

Editorial Can life in Europe serve as a guide for development policies towards Central Asia? Amid concerns and uncertainty about one’s own health and that of our loved ones, the COVID-19...

Invisible migration with visible consequences

Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek is growing fast. While official data indicates only a few thousand ‘visible’ migrants moving from rural areas to the capital each year, unofficial estimations point to...

Right to Privacy in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz citizens’ right to privacy is at risk. In autumn 2019, Kyrgyz news centered mainly on government plans to install in Bishkek Chinese facial recognition cameras that were donated...

How the EU links Central Asia to Afghanistan’s development

In 2019, the European Union (EU) released a new strategy for Central Asia. Whereas the strategy is focused on the five Central Asian ‘stans’, it does seek to include...

Potential for EU-Kazakhstan cooperation on women’s empowerment

Women’s empowerment and gender equality feature prominently in the new European Union (EU) Strategy for Central Asia. They are referred to as cross-cutting issues, included in a wide range...

EU support for security sector reform in Kyrgyzstan

In its new strategy for Central Asia, the European Union (EU) ‘aim(s) to engage with Central Asian countries on the security sector and consider cooperation aimed at promoting its...

Resilience, prosperity and cooperation in Central Asia’s enclaves: a role for the EU?

Bilateral relations between some Central Asian countries have improved over the past few years, among other reasons due to progress over the delimitation and demarcation of borders, opening up...

New EU Strategy for Central Asia: First reactions

Editorial Enough to do for the EU in Central Asia I always have a ‘to-do list’ at work. And, like most people, before I complete one task, I already have a...

Reconsidering EU Education Assistance to Central Asia

Central Asia’s educational systems have been deteriorating for almost three decades. Education is a key EU-driven area of EU-Central Asia cooperation. However, the EU’s focus on promoting large-scale systemic...