EU Human Rights and Democratisation Assistance to Central Asia: In Need of Further Reform

Introduction One of the declared priorities of the European Union (EU) in Central Asia is the strengthening of good governance, rule of law, human rights and democratisation. Given the EU’s...

Ten tasks for the new EU Special Representative to Central Asia

The EU has a new Special Representative (EUSR) for Central Asia. It was announced on 18 June that Patricia Flor from Germany would on 1 July replace Ambassador Pierre...

Democracy in Central Asia: Sowing in unfertile fields?

Introduction Central Asia is one of the most repressive regions in the world. Compared with the two other former-Soviet regions of Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) and the South...

Human Security in Central Asia: can the EU help out?

Introduction Among the many challenges facing the Central Asian states, security is one of the most pressing concerns. Yet the way these states discuss the issue is significantly affected by...

Involving Central Asia in Afghanistan’s future – what can Europe do?

Introduction EU policy on Central Asia is unclear about the relationship between Afghanistan and Central Asia. The June 2010 Joint EU Council and Commission Implementation Report of the EU Strategy...

Kyrgyzstan: Balancing on the Verge of Stability

Introduction In Kyrgyzstan the risk of instability remains. The country practices genuine elections and power-sharing, is open to international engagement, and promotes basic rights such as free speech. In 2010...

The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia: From Initiative to More Substance?

Introduction Since its launch in June 2007, the EU-Central Asia Strategy has been reviewed twice in Joint Progress Reports published by the Council and the European Commission. The latest review...

Is the EU-Central Asia Strategy running out of steam?

The European Union’s Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia is approaching its fourth year of implementation.(1) In that time the EU has placed its relationship with Central...

The EU-Central Asia Human Rights Dialogues: Making a Difference?

Introduction Structured human rights dialogues (HRDs) were introduced as part of the broader EU democratisation policy towards Central Asian states after the adoption of the ‘EU and Central Asia: Strategy...

The 2010 OSCE Kazakhstan Chairmanship: Carrot Devoured, Results Missing

Introduction Since the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), a Cold War forum for dialogue between East and West, was turned into an Organisation for Security and Co-operation...