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Towards a new EU Strategy for Central Asia

Tactics or Strategy? Ten years after the inception of the European Union’s (EU) Strategy for Central Asia, in June 2017 the European Council initiated a process to develop a new...

Former and current fellows meet in Brussels

In mid-November Anastasiya Ten and Sabrinisso Valdosh travelled to Brussels with EUCAM coordinator Jos Boonstra for several meetings organised by Andreas Marazis of the European Neighbourhood Council. They also...

Become an EUCAM Fellow: Call for Applications

The Europe Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) initiative of the Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) is open to applications for its fellowship programme. Over the course of 2018-2019 the...

A new EU-Central Asia Strategy: Deepening relationships and generating long-lasting impact

Introduction Over the past decade, the European Union (EU) has become an active actor in Central Asia. It has expanded its diplomatic presence, established co-operation mechanisms and increased its development...

Fellows’ impressions of The Hague meetings

On 10 and 11 October, the EUCAM fellows visited various institutions in The Hague discussing their research and Central Asia developments as well as getting an insight into Dutch...

Uzbekistan opening up

Optimism and doubt… Uzbekistan has begun to take steps towards openness and economic and political reform. Since the death of President Islam Karimov in September 2016 and the parliamentary appointment...

Civil society in Uzbekistan: Building from the ground up

Uzbekistan is changing. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has initiated a series of economic and governance reforms, and the country’s new direction has opened up space for civil society to develop,...

North, West, home best. Tajik labour migration and EU development cooperation

Migration is an integral part of Tajikistan’s society, economy, and politics. It is estimated that one million Tajik nationals entered Russia as labour migrants in 2017, with remittances amounting...

Key Kazakh interests in working with Europe

During the past decade, a significant boost was given to cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union (EU). In 2015, an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) was signed...
EUCAM roundtable in Brussels

Uzbekistan opening? Warming to democratic reform and neighbours

EUCAM together with the European Neighbourhood Council and the Open Society European Policy Institute held a roundtable on Uzbekistan’s democratic reform prospects. Keynote speaker EUSR Peter Burian and Eucam...