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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...

Czech Presidency overwhelmed by challenges: Is Central Asia one of them?

Editorial Every member state that chairs the EU Council must strike a balance between the policies it wants to develop and the immediate crises that need to be dealt with....

Facing the Challenges of Separatism: The EU, Central Asia and the Uyghur Issue

Introduction During 2008, the move to grant Kosovo independence, the Russo-Georgian war and the revival of tensions in Xinjiang and Tibet moved the question of separatism once again to the...

Kazakhstan and the South Caucasus corridor in the wake of the Georgia-Russia War

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline links Azerbaijan and Georgia to European energy markets, establishing the basis for their geopolitical reorientation of recent years. These two countries also created the...

The Launch of EU Central Asia Monitoring

Editorial Following the launch of the EU Strategy for Central Asia in 2007, relations with the countries of the region have at last been acknowledged as a priority for Brussels...

The EU Strategy for Central Asia @ One Year

On the 20th of July 2007, the Council of the European Union adopted “The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership”. The Strategy signalled the EU’s ambition...