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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...

Is the EU-Central Asia Strategy running out of steam?

The European Union’s Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia is approaching its fourth year of implementation.(1) In that time the EU has placed its relationship with Central...

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...

The EU-Central Asia Human Rights Dialogues: Making a Difference?

Introduction Structured human rights dialogues (HRDs) were introduced as part of the broader EU democratisation policy towards Central Asian states after the adoption of the ‘EU and Central Asia: Strategy...

The 2010 OSCE Kazakhstan Chairmanship: Carrot Devoured, Results Missing

Introduction Since the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE), a Cold War forum for dialogue between East and West, was turned into an Organisation for Security and Co-operation...

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,...

Into EurAsia – Monitoring the EU’s Central Asia Strategy: executive summary and recommendations

The EU’s Central Asia strategy was introduced in 2007 in order to upgrade the EU’s cooperation with the five states of the region. The political context at that time...

EU Assistance to Central Asia: Back to the Drawing Board?

European Union (EU) assistance in general and to Central Asia in particular is a complicated, many sided and fairly opaque business. Over a seven-year period, 719 million Euros were...

Spain and Kazakhstan in the chair

2010 promises to be an interesting year for relations between Europe and Central Asia. The EU, guided by the Spanish Presidency, plans to initiate a review of the Strategy...

Destruction of Central Asian Electricity Grid: Causes and Implications

The destruction of the Central Asia-wide electricity grid has not only demonstrated the fragility of energy arrangements in the region but also the lack of political co-operation among regional...