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Between praise and persecution: Civil society in Kyrgyzstan

Introduction Kyrgyzstan’s civil society has been renowned in Central Asia and beyond for its influence and activism. But with the sudden rise of a new populist president, civil society’s freedom and...

EUCAM fellows go online

The fellows that were selected for the 2020 spring fellowship were unable to come over to Groningen to work with us as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. After...
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EUCAM Fellowship at a glance

Have a look at our EUCAM research fellowship video (developed by former CESS-EUCAM intern Yelena Kilina). We expect to publish a new call for spring 2021 fellows later this...

Narrowing the digital divide in Uzbekistan’s education system: Covid-19 lessons

The Covid-19 pandemic transformed everyday realities overnight, as most services and activities had to be moved online. Education worldwide was hit hard. As schools and universities shifted to online...

How the EU links Central Asia to Afghanistan’s development

In 2019, the European Union (EU) released a new strategy for Central Asia. Whereas the strategy is focused on the five Central Asian ‘stans’, it does seek to include...
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Become an EUCAM Spring 2020 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 civil society fellowship programme. Over the course of...

Media and Security workshop in Rotterdam


On 16 October, EUCAM and CESS fellows were in Rotterdam to take part in the ‘Media and Security’ workshop organised by EUCAM advisory group member Rashid Gabdulhakov who is...

Meetings in the Hague

On 15 October, the EUCAM research fellows visited The Hague for a series of meetings with governmental and civil society representatives. First they met with the Netherlands Helsinki Committee...

Fall 2019 fellows visited Brussels

At the beginning of October, EUCAM research fellows Muslimbek Buriev, Bermet Zhumakadyr kyzy and Zhypariza Zhumagazieva and the CESS fellow Taras Yemchura from Ukraine, visited Brussels to have meetings with representatives of...

New EU Strategy for Central Asia: First reactions

Editorial Enough to do for the EU in Central Asia I always have a ‘to-do list’ at work. And, like most people, before I complete one task, I already have a...