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New Strategy – similar challenges: EU-Central Asia security cooperation

On 5 June EUCAM, the European Neighbourhood Council and the Egmont Institute organised in Brussels the roundtable New Strategy – similar challenges: EU-Central Asia security cooperation. The event was attended...

Meetings in the Netherlands and Belgium

EUCAM research fellow Khurshid Zafari and EUCAM coordinator Jos Boonstra visited Baarle-Nassau (The Netherlands) and Baarle-Hertog (Belgium) to have meetings with representatives of both municipalities as well as a...

Study visit to The Hague

On 2 May, EUCAM fellows visited The Hague and had an opportunity to talk with representatives from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the office of the OSCE...

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...

How ‘central’ is Central Asia in the EU-Asia connectivity strategy?

Editorial A confusing strategy At the end of 2018, the European Union (EU) presented its Europe-Asia connectivity strategy (CS). The CS applies to transport, energy, and digital networks, and includes a...

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...

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,...

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...

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...