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EUCAM Commentary No. 18

Central Asia on New Delhi's Geostrategic Radar

Author:
Gauri Khandekar
Date:
05.11.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 18

Central Asia today holds much strategic interest for India as an emerging 21st Century regional and global power. Despite being a latecomer in what some see as a new ‘Great Game’, New Delhi is keen to reconstruct the ‘Silk Route’. While Indo-Central Asian relations go back to antiquity when cultural, commercial and political ties thrived, post-independence India was physically cut off from Afghanistan and West Asia. It remained embroiled in domestic preoccupations and the insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, all of which led to a limited foreign policy until the early nineties and a belated rediscovery of the region.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 17

Supporting Civil Society in Central Asia: What Approach for the EU?

Author:
Vera Axyonova
Date:
10.09.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 17

The EU seems to move towards a regional focus in supporting civil society in Central Asia. This while the most urgent challenges of NGO's in the region are found in their national environment. Recent history and current developments explain why support for civil society initiatives on a national basis are needed more than ever in Central Asia.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 16

EU development ministers discuss approach to Central Asia

Author:
Jos Boonstra & Jacqueline Hale
Date:
21.07.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 16

On 14 July European development ministers met in Sopot, Poland. Among a host of development related matters Central Asia was on the agenda and European Union Special Representative Pierre Morel and Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs were invited to give political and development assistance oriented background to the European ministers. The Polish Presidency wants to devote special attention to EU development assistance to this often over-looked region, which the EU has traditionally viewed predominantly through a foreign policy lens. Development strategies to Central Asia need to be discussed in the context of the five year old political strategy, set to be reviewed this coming autumn.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 15

The SCO at ten: Time for Europe to engage?

Author:
Yichen Dai, Vanessa Boas
Date:
14.07.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 15

The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) held its 10th anniversary summit in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, on 15 June to celebrate its achievements over the last decade and guide its future development. Contrary to the negative predictions that it would prove to be a paper tiger, over the past ten years the SCO has developed into a full-fledged organisation with a structure capable of managing its wide-ranging cooperation on security, economy, transportation, disaster relief, law enforcement, culture, etc.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 14

Indirect fall-out from the June 2010 events in Kyrgyzstan: the case of Kara-Suu

Author:
Paul Fryer, Elmira Satybaldieva, Jeremy Smith, Joni Virkkunen
Date:
14.06.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 14

The Kyrgyz town of Kara-Suu lies on the border with Uzbekistan, some 25 kilometres from Osh, the city most affected by the conflict between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks on 10-17 June 2010. With a population of around 21,000, of which 67% are ethnic Uzbek, Kara-Suu also serves as the administrative centre of the Kara-Suu district, which includes the village of Nariman, with a predominantly Uzbek population and notorious as the scene of several high-profile and brutal murders, as well as suburbs of Osh.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 13

Central Asian Islamism in the spotlight

Author:
Marléne Laruelle
Date:
05.06.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 13

In recent years, terrorist actions have increased in Central Asia, especially in the two weakest states, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and on the Uzbek side of the Ferghana Valley. The killing of Osama bin Laden by US special forces has raised fears of a possible backlash from his supporters and a new wave of terror across a large area surrounding Afghanistan. Now the Taliban have warned Kazakhstan - Central Asia's most successful economy and largest oil producer which has to date avoided the Islamist violence that has affected its Central Asian neighbours - of the dangers of entering the war on Afghanistan after the Kazakh parliament decided to send troops to join the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) war efforts.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 12

International report on Kyrgyz June violence released

Author:
Jeremy Smith
Date:
26.05.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 12

After months of delays, leaks and rumours, the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission (KIC) has finally published on 3 May its report looking into the events of 10-15 June 2010 in the Kyrgyz oblasts of Osh and Jalalabad, which led to the death of 470 people, 74 percent of them ethnic Uzbeks. The Kyrgyz authorities have reacted to this report arguing that the report's authors relied too much on accounts by Uzbeks and that the research was incomplete.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 11

Kazakhstan's voting enthusiasm

Author:
Vanessa Boas
Date:
26.04.11
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 11

The Kazakhstani political landscape will not be shaken by similar tremors to those that have rocked North Africa and the Middle East in recent months. President Nazarbayev who has been at the helm of Kazakhstan's political architecture since the fall of the Soviet Union is destined to stay. This is in spite of hopes that economic development coupled with the 2010 OSCE Chairmanship would spur the democratisation of the oil-rich state and lead to the rise of a natural successor for the 70 year old leader.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 10

Central Asia: Going nuclear

Author:
Anna Walker
Date:
26.01.10
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 10

Recent data show that Kazakhstan is on course to become the world's largest producer of uranium in 2009. Total output in Kazakhstan is anticipated at around 14,000 tonnes in 2009, making it the largest producer in the world, and the authorities have ambitious targets to push output up further. Uzbekistan also seeking to increase output, while increased global demand might even make hitherto unexploited mines in Kyrgyzstan viable. The ambitions don't stop there, with both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan seeking to move beyond simply extracting uranium.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 9

On How the Inclusion on EU Aviation List Spurs Reform in Central Asia

Author:
Anna Walker
Date:
12.01.10
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 9

The EU's most recent aviation blacklist bars all of Kyrgyzstan's airlines from entering the Union's air space, and all but one from Kazakhstan. The blanket ban reflects EU concern at safety deficiencies in the oversight system. Reflecting their Soviet-era legacy, a combination of weak financial resources, outdated legislation and lax regulatory requirements has affected development of the aviation sector in these countries. To meet EU requirements, substantial modernisation of the sector will be required.

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