European National Policy Series
EUCAM has launched a new policy brief series. Even as the European Union has consolidated its approach to Central Asia, many European countries, including non-EU members, have developed national policies towards Central Asia or towards particular countries in the region.
The ‘European national policies series’ seeks to map the policies of European states towards Central Asia in the fields of politics and democratic and human rights values; trade and energy; and security and development.
Sweden and Central Asia, National Series Policy Brief No. 15 by Jibecke Joensson, May 2013
Greece and Central Asia, National Series Policy Brief No. 14 by Ioanna-Nikoletta Zyga, April 2013
Belgium-Luxembourg and Central Asia, National Series Policy Brief No. 13 by Fabienne Bossuyt, March 2013
Romania and Central Asia, National Series Policy Brief No. 12 by Georgiana Marin, March 2013
The Baltic states and Central Asia, National Series Policy Brief No. 11 by Anete Jekabsone, March 2013
Central Asia 2030...
EUCAM Watch No. 15, March 2013
This EUCAM newsletter looks into prospects for the development of Central Asia as a region and expectations regarding the development of Central Asian societies. Last year, the Central Asian republics celebrated 20 years of independence. What will their region and their countries look like in 2030? We invited four top Central Asia watchers to look in their crystal balls and tell us what they see in 2030. Taken together, these essays offer a comprehensive picture of current developments and future prospects.
EUCAM call for Essays
The deadline for submission of the applications is 30 April 2013
FRIDE’s EUCAM programme invites students, young researchers, and scholars from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to write an essay on Europe in Central Asia.
Within this broad topic we invite you to submit an essay looking into the role that Europe has played or could play in one of the following areas:
· Democracy and good governance
· Civil society activity and development
· Education and people-to-people contacts
· Trade and investment
Essays will be assessed by a EUCAM selection commission. The two or three best essays will be published on the EUCAM website.
The EU Education Initiative for Central Asia five years on: lessons learnt?
Vera Axyonova, EUCAM Policy Brief No. 30, February 2013
The EU has signalled education as a priority for its support to Central Asia. Specific activities include attempts to establish regular regional and bilateral dialogues; assistance in reforming higher and vocational education; programmes to facilitate academic exchanges; and e-networking. This policy brief offers a critical assessment of the EU’s engagement and the lessons learnt from the European Education Initiative for Central Asia.
The Afghanistan-Central Asia relationship: What role for the EU?
Marlene Laruelle, Sebastien Peyrouse and Vera Axyonova, EUCAM Working Paper No. 13, February 2013
As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan approaches, the EU increasingly focuses on preventing potential spillover effects on Central Asia. The Union wishes to further its cooperation with the wider region. But to succeed, it will have to develop a clearer strategy to avoid condoning the repressive policies and opaque interests of the Central Asian governments. The EU should focus on a few well-chosen areas and prioritise the involvement of local actors, in particular civilian stakeholders, who are the only vectors of long-term sustainable solutions. This paper addresses the Central Asia-Afghanistan relationship, analyses the impact of post-2014 changes to the security context and looks at the EU’s opportunities to foster regional dynamics.
Thinking security, doing development? The security-development nexus in European policies towards Tajikistan
Jos Boonstra, Natalia Shapovalova, EUCAM Working Paper No. 12, December 2012
Tajikistan is a poor and underdeveloped country that is partly dependent on external donor support. The country faces a series of threats to its stability. How do European donors approach Tajikistan and can this approach be seen as part of a security-development nexus?
The EU’s humanitarian aid and civil protection policy in Central Asia: Past crises and emergencies to come
Bruno De Cordier, EUCAM Policy Brief No. 29, January 2013
EU humanitarian assistance to Central Asia is often overlooked as an essential ingredient of EU policy towards Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have benefited substantially from EU humanitarian assistance, but capacity building to meet challenges remains weak. Kazakhstan has found a niche as a coordination hub, and also itself offers assistance. How have EU activities developed, what are EU objectives in Central Asia and how might Europe’s approach evolve?
Rule of Law support for Central Asia
EUCAM Watch No. 14, January 2013
This EUCAM Watch presents an overview of donor activities and assessment of rule of law problems in Central Asia through three interviews with experts and an article on rule of law in Central Asia.