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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...

The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative in Central Asia

Introduction The EU’s Rule of Law Initiative is one of three EU regional projects in Central Asia,1 first set out in the EU’s Central Asia Strategy in 2007, as a...

The EU’s approach to the development of mass media in Central Asia

Introduction In spite of positive developments in terms of human rights, the rule of law and democratisation in Central Asia following the adoption of the European Union (EU) Strategy in...

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...