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Finland and Central Asia

Helsinki - Moscow - Bishkek The European Union’s engagement in Central Asia largely depends on the national policies of member states and donor support. The amount of development assistance provided...

The Kyrgyzstani Presidential Elections: Atambayev’s Challenges

After much anticipation and anxiety about the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan, there is a feeling of relief that Almazbek Atambaev won the contest with an overwhelming majority, making a...

Promises and hurdles in EU-Kazakhstan energy cooperation

Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister, Karim Massimov, once referred to energy cooperation as the ‘core’ of relations between his country and the European Union (EU). Indeed, there is great mutual interest...

Go Gorno-Badakhshan

The autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan (GBAO) in Tajikistan offers one of the world’s most impressive landscapes. The Pamir Mountains with peaks of up to 7,500 meters is second only...

Central Asia on New Delhi’s Geostrategic Radar

Central Asia today holds much strategic interest for India as an emerging 21st Century regional and global power. Despite being a latecomer in what some see as a new...

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...

Security and Development – key in new EUCAM programme

Security and development key in new EUCAM programme It is a pleasure to introduce a new EUCAM Watch as part of the new Europe-Central Asia Monitoring programme. Much has happened...

Harvesting the ‘White Gold’

Check your sweater How do you know that your sweater has not been made of cotton harvested by Uzbek children or produced by their counterparts in a Bangladeshi workshop? You...

Supporting Civil Society in Central Asia: What Approach for the EU?

In recent years, EU assistance to civil society in third countries, including in Central Asia, has increasingly relied on a regional approach. This is particularly true for the European...

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...