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EUCAM Commentary No. 7

Kazakhstan on the eve of the OSCE chairmanship: Madrid commitments and domestic political landscape

Author:
Nargis Kassenova
Date:
12.12.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 7

On the eve of its chairmanship, Kazakhstan seems to be entering a systemic crisis. The old development paradigm does not work anymore. Internal problems have accumulated and are challenging the current status quo. How will that affect the country's performance in OSCE?

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EUCAM Commentary No. 6

The Growing Illiteracy in Central Asia: A Challenge for the EU

Author:
Marlene Laruelle
Date:
10.12.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 6

Officially, the Central Asian states continue to have the same literacy rates as under the Soviet regime, which is about 99 % of the population. The reality of the situation is altogether different. Figures provided by UNICEF reveal a significant drop in enrolment in primary schools in over little more than a decade. It will weigh heavily on the future of Central Asia in a world in which the mastery of knowledge is one of the drivers of economic development.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 5

Studying Europe in Central Asia: The Case of Kyrgyzstan

Author:
Maxim Ryabkov
Date:
08.12.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 5

As the European Union sets out an ambitious agenda in its Central Asian strategy, its support for education may be used to raise awareness of Europe and help states create national cadres capable of sustaining the desired dialogue. A number of universities in Kyrgyzstan have already introduced European studies into their curricula. While it is far too early to take stock, some preliminary impressions can already be discussed.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 4

Human Rights in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan: How realistic is to expect further results after an EU open debate with civil society?

Author:
Jiri Kopal
Date:
14.08.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 4

The EU-Kazakhstan and EU-Tajikistan civil society seminars on the themes of the judiciary and detention organised at the end of June in Almaty and in mid-July in Dushanbe, demonstrate how difficult it is to improve the situation in these key areas of the rule of law and human rights protection.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 3

Kazakhstan's grip on virtual reality

Author:
Adil Nurmakov
Date:
05.08.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 3

As the world considers how best to regulate the 'virtual reality' of online information exchange and communication, Kazakhstan has taken a tough and clearly disproportionate step to tighten its grip on the internet. The main target of public indignation was the equation of blogs, chat-rooms and other websites, which used to be deemed a user's private territory, with mass media outlets, imposing the same liability for libel, calumny, violation of privacy and other breaches, which are subject to criminal prosecution in Kazakhstan.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 2

The Kyrgyz Republic Presidential Elections: No surprises but few opportunities for democratisation

Author:
Nicolas de Pedro
Date:
04.08.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 2

As expected, Kurmanbek Bakiev won the presidential elections held on July 23rd in Kyrgyzstan by huge margin. This presidential election is a new step in the process of concentration of power by Kurmanbek Bakiev and the growing consolidation of a 'simulated democracy' system, far from the expectations generated during the early 1990s. The opposition, headed by Atambaev (8% votes), has denounced the validity of the entire process and has organised some public protests, although only a few people have appreared on the streets.

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EUCAM Commentary No. 1

Water and Energy Disputes of Central Asia: in search of regional solutions?

Author:
Nicolas de Pedro
Date:
03.08.09
Type of Publication:
Commentary
Language: EN
EUCAM Commentary No. 1

EUCAM, in cooperation with Asian Development Bank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Wolfensohn Centre for Development (Brookings Institution), organised a conference on Regional Cooperation and Development in Central Asia. The event was hosted by CEPS on March 2-3, 2009. The gathering was marked by a broad range of perspectives on the constellation of interests, capacities and motivations regarding a more integrated Central Asia. Water resource issues that largely define the relationships between the Central Asian states were discussed from various angles by Central Asian and international experts and representatives of major donor agencies (Aga Khan Development Network and UNDP)

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Policy Brief

No. 34

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

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Report

No. 19

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

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Commentary

No. 27

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

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No. 16

Discussing human rights with Central Asia is not enough

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