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International Coordination of Water Sector Initiatives in Central Asia

Water resources and their management are a key policy area for Central Asian republics, as well as for international donors. The range of issues and approaches involved, the multitude...

Trading values with Kazakhstan

The European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan have become important partners over the past decade. The EU is Kazakhstan’s leading trade partner, accounting for 40 per cent of its exports....

Mapping EU development aid to Central Asia

This collection of factsheets provides an overview of European Union (EU) aid allocations to Central Asia (2007-13) through various geographical and regional instruments and programmes. The information below offers a succinct...

EU-US cooperation in Central Asia: parallel lines meet in infinity?

The European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) have many shared interests in Central Asia, but follow different approaches. The main points of convergence are the pursuit of...

European National Policies Series – Norway and Central Asia

Norway is a peripheral European state, with a population of only five million, but it has an economy that is larger than its population figures would suggest. Although it...

EUCAM essay competition

The European Union’s (EU) engagement policy towards authoritarian and hydrocarbon-rich Turkmenistan has so far yielded little success. It is indeed a challenge for the EU to fnd the right...

Central Asia 2030…

Novels, academic literature and cinema all tend to take a bleak view in forecasting the future. Futuristic novels from the 1920s and 1930s, such as We by Yevgeny Zamyatin...

Security Sector Reform in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: what role for Europe?

The security sectors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are to different extents corrupt, lack democratic control and can even be a threat to the population. They differ in terms...

European National Policies Series – Sweden and Central Asia

Sweden is a small, neutral country. Its foreign policy is based on working with, and through, international institutions, especially the European Union (EU). Sweden has been a leader in...

European National Policies Series – Greece and Central Asia

Central Asia is not a foreign policy priority for Greece. In Athens, the region is perceived as being very distant, both geographically and in terms of Greece’s interests. Greece...