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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...

Tajikistan: ‘Revolutionary situation’ or a Resilient state?

Since 2008, after a period of relative growth and social stability, the situation in Tajikistan has been steadily deteriorating, leading to increased speculation that the country could emerge as...

From Central Asia into EurAsia

Having recently spent some time in all fve states of Central Asia on the EUCAM project monitoring the EU’s strategy there I am persuaded that the regional dimension to...

Russia in Central Asia: Old History, New Challenges?

Russia is a power unlike others in Central Asia, given its role as the region's former coloniser, which started in the 19th century and even in the 18th for...

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...

Water and Energy Disputes of Central Asia: in search of regional solutions?

Regional cooperation and its alternatives as solution paths for the water and energy disputes in Central Asia by Natalia Mirimanova Water and energy resources are not limited in Central Asia,...

The EU and Uzbekistan: short-term interests versus long-term engagement

Introduction After fifteen years of independence, there are practically no democratic institutions in place in Uzbekistan. Only a few individuals are struggling to set up any viable alternative. The prevailing...

Central Asia and the Global Economic Crisis

Introduction(1) In 2007 the EU published a Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia. In its initial stages the EU focused on developing new forums for dialogue with the...

East Meets West – Reorienting the EU’s Central Asia Strategy

The European Union approved its frst Central Asia strategy document in June 2007 for the period 2007-2013. From the EU’s perspective, the Central Asia Strategy (CAS) rounded out the...

The Energy Problematique in EU-Central Asia relations

In discussing the opportunities for importing Central Asian energy opinion and policymakers can be divided in two groups. Those that are gloomy and sceptic on the prospects of Central...