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European National Policies Series – Russia and Central Asia

Russia is a unique actor in Central Asia. It is the former colonial power and it continues to shape the future of the region. Even if Russia has lost...

Looking for National Consensus in Post-Violence Kyrgyzstan

Following the June 2010 violence in Kyrgyzstan, ethnic nationalist voices of all stripes have become particularly loud, expressing their views to receptive audiences through mass media outlets and political...

Uncharted waters: Presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Popular legend holds that the 18th century French King, Louis XV, claimed that after his death everything would fall apart (après moi, le déluge). To outsiders, a similar uncertainty...

Is the EU downscaling political engagement in Central Asia?

As of 1 March 2014, the European Union (EU) will no longer have a high representative (EUSR) to Central Asia. Ambassador Patricia Flor who has fulflled the role since...

The Impact of the 2014 ISAF Forces’ Withdrawal from Afghanistan on the Central Asian...

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan commences, the international community increasingly looks towards the relationship between Afghanistan and Central Asia. This study that was commissioned by the European...

Trading values with Kazakhstan

The European Union (EU) and Kazakhstan have become important partners over the past decade. The EU is Kazakhstan’s leading trade partner, accounting for 40 per cent of its exports....

Mapping EU development aid to Central Asia

This collection of factsheets provides an overview of European Union (EU) aid allocations to Central Asia (2007-13) through various geographical and regional instruments and programmes. The information below offers a succinct...

EU-US cooperation in Central Asia: parallel lines meet in infinity?

The European Union (EU) and the United States (U.S.) have many shared interests in Central Asia, but follow different approaches. The main points of convergence are the pursuit of...

European National Policies Series – Norway and Central Asia

Norway is a peripheral European state, with a population of only five million, but it has an economy that is larger than its population figures would suggest. Although it...

Central Asia 2030…

Novels, academic literature and cinema all tend to take a bleak view in forecasting the future. Futuristic novels from the 1920s and 1930s, such as We by Yevgeny Zamyatin...