Implementation and Partners


Centre for European Security Studies (CESS)


The Centre for European Security Studies (CESS) was established in the early 1990s, when it started out implementing research and awareness-raising programmes to encourage democratic defence reform in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, CESS work consists mostly of training in South East Europe, Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. CESS advocates democracy and the rule of law with an emphasis on promotion of free elections, accountable government, a strong parliament, a vibrant civil society, critical media and democratic oversight of the security sector. The CESS office is based in Groningen, the Netherlands.


Over the last two years CESS has been active in Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan with several parliamentary capacity-building projects, specifically geared towards committees and departmental staff with an aim to build their skills and to improve their working processes, and as such contributing to strengthening parliamentary oversight in these countries.


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The Central Asia Program (CAP)

The Central Asia Program (CAP) is hosted by The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC. The CAP develops policy-oriented research on Central Asia and provides a space for discussion connecting policy, academic, diplomatic, and business communities. Its research activities focus on four main axes: security, development, state-building, and regional environment. The Programme organises monthly seminars, regular forums and conferences and regularly hosts fellows from Central Asia.

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The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) is a leading centre for research on international issues in areas of particular relevance to Norwegian foreign policy. NUPI has three main pillars of research and expertise: security and risk, growth and development, and international order and governance. NUPI devotes substantial attention in its research to Central Asia, for instance in analysing developments in energy security. International scholars from around the world attend the Institute as guest researchers or visiting fellows, including scholars from Central Asia on a regular basis. NUPI is an important forum for discussion and debate in Norway and internationally, and organizes frequent meetings and events – lectures, seminars, and conferences. NUPI was established by the Norwegian Parliament in 1959: The institute is a state body under the Ministry of Education and Research, but operates independently as a non-political institution in all its professional activities.

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European Neighbourhood Council (ENC)

European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) is an independent think tank that conducts research and implements projects with a view to strengthen the common European neighbourhood. ENC seeks to foster dialogue and neighbourhood coordination among European Union (EU) member states, EU accession countries, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries and Central Asia. Through research, events and partnerships we aim to narrow the foreign policy gap between EU member states, neighbouring countries, and wider Europe. Through these efforts we aim to enhance democracy, security, economic growth, and education, while guaranteeing a stable, diverse and developing European neighbourhood. Represented cross-regionally by it’s Academic Council, ENC scholars provide a guiding platform for our activities.

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Policy Briefs

Policy Brief

No. 36

Is Kazakhstan's rising star fading?

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Working Papers/Reports


No. 19

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

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No. 28

Renewing EU and US Soft Power in Central Asia

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No. 18

Towards a new EU Strategy for Central Asia

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