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The EU Needs a New Values-Based Realism for its Central Asia Strategy

Last summer, on the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the EU Strategy for Central Asia, the European Council approved continuation of the Strategy’s implementation in its current form....

EU Human Rights and Democratisation Assistance to Central Asia: In Need of Further Reform

Introduction One of the declared priorities of the European Union (EU) in Central Asia is the strengthening of good governance, rule of law, human rights and democratisation. Given the EU’s...

Democracy in Central Asia: Sowing in unfertile fields?

Introduction Central Asia is one of the most repressive regions in the world. Compared with the two other former-Soviet regions of Eastern Europe (Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) and the South...

Indirect fall-out from the June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan: the case of Kara-Suu

The Kyrgyz town of Kara-Suu lies on the border with Uzbekistan, some 25 kilometres from Osh, the city most affected by the conflict between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks on...

Central Asian Islamism in the spotlight

In recent years, terrorist actions have increased in Central Asia, especially in the two weakest states, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and on the Uzbek side of the Ferghana Valley. The...

International report on Kyrgyz June violence released

After months of delays, leaks and rumours, the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC) has finally published on 3 May its report looking into the events of 10-15 June 2010 in...

Kazakhstan’s voting enthusiasm

The Kazakhstani political landscape will not be shaken by similar tremors to those that have rocked North Africa and the Middle East in recent months. President Nazarbayev who has...

Into EurAsia – Monitoring the EU’s Central Asia Strategy

The EUCAM Final Report in paperback offers the first assessment of the ambitious strategy to upgrade the EU's cooperation with the five states of the Central Asia region: Kazakhstan,...

Kazakhstan on the eve of the OSCE chairmanship: Madrid commitments and domestic political landscape

The prospect of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship of OSCE was controversial due to the country’s poor human rights record. None of the parliamentary or presidential elections conducted over the last decade...

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...