Kazakhstan on the eve of the OSCE chairmanship: Madrid commitments and domestic political landscape

The prospect of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of OSCE was controversial due to the country’s poor human rights record. None of the parliamentary or presidential elections conducted over the last decade...

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...

Studying Europe in Central Asia: The Case of Kyrgyzstan

As the European Union sets out an ambitious agenda in its Central Asian strategy, its support for education may be used to raise awareness of Europe and help states...

Human Rights in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan: How realistic is to expect further results after...

The EU-Kazakhstan and EUTajikistan civil society seminars on the themes of the judiciary and detention organised at the end of June in Almaty and in mid- July in Dushanbe,...

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...

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,...