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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 36

Is Kazakhstan’s rising star fading?

Author:
Marlene Laruelle and Jos Boonstra
Date:
08.02.18
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 36

Kazakhstan’s economic prosperity and active foreign policy have given it increasing regional power status. Now that the country seems to have weathered the economic storm of the past few years, it needs to move forward on a more modest economic footing. This paper addresses the main issues faced by the Kazakh authorities – the need to diversify the economy, potential constitutional changes and the design of a new social contract – and how this could influence the country’s relationship with the EU.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 35

Civil Society Cornered in Central Asia

Author:
Tinatin Tsertsvadze
Date:
27.10.17
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 35

Repression against civil society and independent voices in Central Asia has intensified over the past five years, against the backdrop of a global decline in fundamental freedoms. What are the difficulties faced by civil society in Central Asia, from a national, regional, and global perspective? Are there ways for the EU to better operationalise its commitment toward civil society in Central Asia?

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 34

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

Author:
Jos Boonstra
Date:
24.02.15
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 34

The 2007 EU Strategy for Central Asia is currently being reviewed. The EU has been successful in bolstering relations with Central Asian governments, but the overall picture of the EU’s engagement is one of limited to no impact. The region has become more unstable; democracy is seen by the regimes as a threat to their survival; and human rights have been backsliding.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 33

Uncharted waters: Presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Author:
Jos Boonstra and Marlene Laruelle
Date:
08.04.14
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 33

President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and counterpart Karimov of Uzbekistan have established and maintained a firm grip on their countries, but have not indicated who might succeed them in the future. This Policy Brief looks at how the mechanisms of power-sharing are likely to change as a result of presidential succession processes, as well as at the role of broader populations in both countries.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 32

Trading values with Kazakhstan

Author:
Tika Tsertsvadze and Vera Axyonova
Date:
02.09.13
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 32

The EU and Kazakhstan launched negotiations on a new enhanced bilateral agreement in 2011. The talks could offer opportunities to advance on Kazakhstan’s democratic reform agenda and to make it a modern and stable country for more diversified trade and investment. This policy brief presents an overview of the current state of political and economic  affairs between the EU and Kazakhstan, the role of the European Parliament in the negotiations over the new agreement, and possible outcomes and their implications. 

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 31

EU-US cooperation in Central Asia: parallel lines meet in infinity?

Author:
Jos Boonstra and Marlène Laruelle
Date:
03.07.13
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 31

The European Union and the United States have many shared interests in Central Asia, but follow different approaches. This policy brief looks into shared interests, diverging objectives, and why cooperation is largely confined to irregular coordination talks instead of practical cooperation. This policy brief is the result of two seminars organised by FRIDE’s EUCAM programme and the George Washington University’s Central Asia Program that took place in Brussels in February and in Washington DC in April.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 30

The EU Education Initiative for Central Asia five years on: lessons learnt?

Author:
Vera Axyonova
Date:
01.02.13
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 30

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.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 29

The EU’s humanitarian aid and civil protection policy in Central Asia: Past crises and emergencies to come

Author:
Bruno De Cordier
Date:
27.01.13
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 29

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?

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 28

The EU Needs a New Values-Based Realism for its Central Asia Strategy

Author:
Neil Melvin
Date:
02.10.12
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 28

Five years after the launch of the EU Strategy for Central Asia, most of the Strategy’s original goals have not been achieved. If the EU is to emerge as a significant player in this important region, it should build its strategy around what it does best: promoting liberal-democratic forms of modernisation and comprehensive approaches to security.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 27

OSCE Police Reform Programmes in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Past Constraints and Future Opportunities

Author:
Erica Marat
Date:
02.10.12
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 27

The OSCE and other donors have been actively engaged in assisting Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in police reform. But the reform process has been slow and has failed to meet donor expectations. This brief argues that if police reform is to be effective, international donors should focus their efforts on engaging actors outside the Ministry of Internal Affairs by facilitating public debate among community leaders, NGOs, local governments and political leaders.

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Policy Briefs

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Is Kazakhstan's rising star fading?

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No. 19

Implementation and review of the European Union - Central Asia Strategy: Recommendations for EU action

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Commentaries

Commentary

No. 28

Renewing EU and US Soft Power in Central Asia

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EUCAM Watch

No. 18

Towards a new EU Strategy for Central Asia

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