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EUCAM Watch No. 7

Spain and Kazakhstan in the chair

Author:
Editorial by Jos Boonstra and Nicolas de Pedro
Date:
20.12.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 7

2010 promises to be an interesting year for relations between Europe and Central Asia. The EU, guided by the Spanish Presidency, plans to initiate a review of the Strategy for Central Asia and is likely to build further on the political foundations that have been laid over the last two years. The OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) welcomes Kazakhstan as its first Central Asian chair and hopes that Astana can construct bridges between the 'eastern' and 'western' members that have been at odds over the last few years resulting in a weakened organisation. In this issue of EUCAM Watch, expectations attached to the Spanish and Kazakh chairmanships stand central: Nicolas de Pedro conducts an interview on the Spanish Presidency with Luis Felipe Fernández de la Peña, of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation; EUCAM expert Nargis Kassenova writes about expectations of the Kazakh OSCE Chairmanship and CEPS expert Piotr Kaczyńsky shares his views on the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU-Central Asian relations.

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EUCAM Watch No. 6

From Central Asia into EurAsia

Author:
Editorial by Michael Emerson
Date:
18.11.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 6

This EUCAM Watch attempts to broaden the discussion on regionalism in Central Asia. The editorial concludes that the EU should make an addition to its conception of the multiple regional dimensions of its foreign policy, which already has the Eastern Partnership, Northern Dimension, Union of the Mediterranean, Black Sea Synergy and now the Central Asia Strategy. An overarching EurAsian dimension is missing. The introverted regionalism of the Central Asian strategy might be allocated a more modest role, with the major issues finding their place in an extroverted regionalism that could be framed within a EurAsian strategy. After our extensive mission in Central Asia, in this newsletter we gathered stories from the region, ranging from impressions from the hydroelectric travels to primary education, to cotton fields, etc. We conclude our newsletter with important EU and Central Asia related documents, such as press releases and join statements.

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EUCAM Watch No. 5

Getting to know each other: the EU and civil society in Central Asia

Author:
Editorial by Jos Boonstra
Date:
20.08.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 5

This EUCAM Watch devotes special attention to the EU and cooperation with civil society in Central Asia. EUCAM organised a seminar on this topic in Almaty on 27 June 2009 with Central Asian NGO representatives and EUCAM experts. A report of this meeting is included here as well as that of another civil society meeting that the European Commission delegation to Kazakhstan organised a few days later, which dealt specifically with juridicial reform. Alongside the report you will find two commentaries: the first by Bauke Snoep, who works as a consultant for the Dutch Centre for European Security Studies and writes about Security Sector Governance and the role the EU might play in assisting Cetnral Asian republics to engage in meaningful defence, police and border control reform. The second is written by Adil Nurmakov, the head of the Competitiveness Research Centre in Kazakhstan, where he informs us about the amendments to the legislation regulating internet and online contents in Kazakhstan. This bulletin also updates readers on EU-Central Asia relations and the work related to the EUCAM project.

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EUCAM Watch No. 4

The Energy Problematique in EU-Central Asia relations

Author:
Editorial by Jos Boonstra
Date:
19.06.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 4

This EUCAM Watch devotes special attention to the energy question, including the water-hydroelectric tensions that prevail in Central Asia. Much of the material is based on a high-level roundtable and subsequent seminar that EUCAM organised in Prague in April, 2009. Vaclav Hubinger of the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives an insight to the EU Presidency; the work accomplished and the energy priority it has set. EUCAM Expert Michael Denison explains the state-of-affairs of energy relations with Turkmenistan. Also we offer a comment by OSI expert Jacqueline Hale on revision of EU Assistance documents and an interview with Rainer Behnke, Team leader of the project: Development of Co-ordinated National Energy Policies in Central Asia within the INOGATE framework. Additionally, this bulletin is meant to update readers on EU-Central Asia relations and the work related to the EUCAM project.

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EUCAM Watch No. 3

East Meets West - Reorienting the EU's Central Asia Strategy

Author:
Editorial by Michael Emerson and Johannes Linn
Date:
06.04.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 3

The European Union approved its first Central Asia strategy document in June 2007 for the period 2007-2013. From the EU's perspective, the Central Asia Strategy (CAS) rounded out the strategic approach towards its Eastern neighbours, which includes its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), its Eastern Partnership (EaP) and its bilateral relationship with Russia enshrined in the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), which is currently subject to negotiation for a successor agreement. The CAS represents significant progress in focusing explicit attention on Central Asia as a region of significance for Europe, and in spelling out the key objectives and instrumentalities. While representing progress in the EU's thinking about and approach to Central Asia, the CAS suffers from a serious weakness by presenting Central Asia in effect as the end of the eastern horizon of the EU. It makes no mention of the important bridging role that Central Asia has between Asia and Europe. It does not once mention the role of China, let alone India, and even does not even address how the EU will relate to Russia in implementing the strategy. Why does this matter?

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EUCAM Watch No. 2

Czech Presidency overwhelmed by challenges: Is Central Asia one of them?

Author:
Editorial by Jos Boonstra
Date:
06.02.09
Type of Publication:
Newsletter
Language: EN
EUCAM Watch No. 2

Every member state that chairs the EU Council must strike a balance between the policies it wants to develop and the immediate crises that need to be dealt with. Czechs have already been confronted with two major EU foreign policy matters from the outset: the Israeli Gaza strip offensive and the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute. The Czech team may well end up continually dealing with one crisis after another instead of pushing ahead with further European integration, increasing the effectiveness of the Brussels institutions and developing foreign and energy policies. This is bad news for the EU's relations with Central Asia, especially since the Czech programme does not mention Central Asia as a key interest, understandably, since the programme is already ambitious as it is.

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