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The EU Strategy for Central Asia says ‘security’. Does this include Security Sector Reform?

Introduction Central Asia faces a broad range of security challenges.(1) Due to the region’s position at the crossroads between Russia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Caspian Sea it is...

The impact of the global economic crisis on Central Asia and its implications for...

There is a profound connection between economics and politics. A stronger economy creates a basis for more ambitious political actions and programmes. At the opposite end, an economic downturn...

Central Asia’s growing partnership with China

Since the start of the 2000s, the China has become an increasingly important player on the Central Asian scene, which until then had been essentially divided between Russia and...

Russia in Central Asia: Old History, New Challenges?

Russia is a power unlike others in Central Asia, given its role as the region's former coloniser, which started in the 19th century and even in the 18th for...

Getting to know each other: the EU and civil society in Central Asia

Forging links between European civil society organisations and their counterparts in Central Asia is no easy task. Delivering on EU fnancial support to NGOs and other civil groupings would...

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...

The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative in Central Asia

Introduction The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative is one of three EU regional projects in Central Asia,1 first set out in the EU’s Central Asia Strategy in 2007, as a...

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,...