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EU-Central Asia co-operation: same venue, different tune

As a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the focus of Europe-Central Asia relations is likely to change. In weathering these changes, both regions will need to nurture their mechanisms...

Rethinking the EU’s ‘prosperity’ agenda in Central Asia

The EU wants to lay the ground for a more prosperous Central Asia. One potential emerging path for the EU in Central Asia would be to make use of China’s...

The EU’s ‘resilience’ agenda in Central Asia: too distant, too ambitious

The EU seeks to promote ‘resilience’ in Central Asia. The war in Ukraine should urge the EU to rethink its region-based approach to building resilience in Central Asia. Easier said...

EUCAM fellows in-person

After a covid break of two years, CESS is hosting EUCAM fellows at their office in Groningen again. We are grateful for being able to discuss Central Asian and...

The state of civil society in Central Asia, 15 December 2021

This seminar was organized by the George Washington University Central Asia Program and EUCAM. During the online seminar Erica Marat, Begimai Bekbolotova and Jos Boonstra debate EUCAM's latest working...

Open seminar on ‘Energy Transition and Central Asia’, 17 January 2022

Despite Central Asia being one of the world’s most climatically vulnerable regions, there is a large literature gap related to energy transition and climate change impact and policy in...

Seven pointers for the new EUSR for Central Asia

The position of European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for Central Asia is key for EU-Central Asia relations. The EU’s visibility in the region remains modest, and the EUSR plays...

Delivering aid ‘uphill’: Discussing development cooperation in the mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The mountainous regions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan present a set of specific development challenges and opportunities to inhabitants, local governments, and international donors alike. Often, there is a mismatch...

Out of the frying pan and into the fire: Kyrgyzstani women abroad

Kyrgyzstani female labourers working abroad face a double risk: being women and being migrants. Most lack basic social and legal protection. Indira is a Kyrgyz hairdresser in Moscow. Because...

Not safe at home: Covid-19 in Kyrgyzstan

Women and girls in Kyrgyzstan have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestic violence and sexual abuse already were a serious problem in the Central Asian region as...