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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 21

Human Security in Central Asia: can the EU help out?

Author:
Sébastien Peyrouse
Date:
01.10.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 21

The European Union is a security actor in Central Asia, although with less influence than other players. Russia and China have a much larger impact on Central Asian regimes’ security strategies. These limitations do not dispense with the need for the EU to provide a better security narrative, especially in light of its growing emphasis on human security, and to incorporate this into the current review of its strategy for the region. This policy brief will centre on the EU’s contribution to human security in Central Asia.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 20

Involving Central Asia in Afghanistan's future - what can Europe do?

Author:
Marlene Laruelle
Date:
01.08.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 20

The EU argues in its Central Asia policy that it wants to take greater account of Afghanistan. But what does this mean in practice? There is a case for engaging the Central Asian states beyond agreements over supply and material transport routes to Afghanistan. Central Asian states themselves have the most to gain from a stabilised Afghanistan. Cultural ties and the increasing economic linkages between Central Asia and Afghanistan need to be taken into consideration so that Central Asian states can be assisted in playing a positive role in Afghanistan together with Western actors.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 19

Kyrgyzstan: Balancing on the Verge of Stability

Author:
Anna Matveeva
Date:
06.07.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 19

Following the 'revolution' in April 2010, the subsequent interethnic violence in June and the recent international inquiry into these events, Kyrgyzstan is not in safe waters yet. The coming period leading up to the Presidential elections will be important for the country's stability. What is the current situation in the South of the country, which saw clashes between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks, and what are the expectations for the presidential elections? Is Kyrgyzstan on the road to democracy, and what role can external actors play?

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 18

The EU's Rule of Law Initiative for Central Asia: From Initiative to More Substance?

Author:
Martin Schuster
Date:
06.06.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 18

All five Central Asian states are weak in terms of rule of law, good governance and democracy. The EU chose to devote specific attention to the rule of law through a regional initiative with Central Asian partners' participation. What is the current state of the initiative and is the EU on track?

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 17

Is the EU-Central Asia Strategy running out of steam?

Author:
Jos Boonstra, Michael Denison
Date:
06.05.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 17

The EU's Central Asia Strategy approaches its fourth anniversary. In that time the EU has placed its relationship with Central Asia on a more structured footing. Although progress has been made in building dialogue and in furthering engagement, the strategy's limitations are increasingly obvious. This brief argues that the driving force of the EU engagement should be based on a closer link between security and development. Engagement in this broad field should be underpinned by a values based approach that seeks to promote more explicitly reform on human rights, rule of law, governance and democracy. The momentous changes sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa have demonstrated that even the most apparently durable authoritarian regimes are vulnerable to sudden political shocks.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 16

The EU-Central Asia Human Rights Dialogues: Making a Difference?

Author:
Vera Axyonova
Date:
07.04.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 16

Structured human rights dialogues are held with each of the five Central Asian republics. They are designed to discuss questions of mutual interest and enhance cooperation on human rights as well as to raise the concerns of the EU on human rights in Central Asia. In addition, the dialogues seek to involve human rights activists, NGO members, and academia representatives from both Europe and Central Asia through civil society seminars. But is this working? Is improvement in human rights noticeable in the region? This policy brief reviews and evaluates the performance of the dialogues to date, paying specific attention to the shortcomings of the existing practices, and provides recommendations for what could be improved with regard to planning and procedures.

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EUCAM Policy Brief No. 15

The 2010 OSCE Kazakhstan Chairmanship: Carrot Devoured, Results Missing

Author:
Vladimir D. Shkolknikov
Date:
06.04.11
Type of Publication:
Policy brief
Language: EN
EUCAM Policy Brief No. 15

This brief looks at Kazakhstan's chairmanship through the prism of the EU's relations with Central Asian states and examines what lessons the EU can draw from the Kazakhstan chairmanship. The OSCE Chairmanship and the agreement to hold the 2010 OSCE Summit in Astana, despite it not having a Summit-like agenda were significant 'carrots' given to Kazakhstan. Did these carrots bring any results, and is there any reason to offer more such carrots to Kazakhstan or to other Central Asian states?

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