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Working Papers/Reports

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EUCAM Report No. 19

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

Author:
Jos Boonstra and Tika Tsertsvadze
Date:
12.02.16
Type of Publication:
Report
Language: EN
EUCAM Report No. 19

This paper, commissioned by the European Parliament, assesses the implementation of the European Union (EU) Strategy for Central Asia and outlines a series of recommendations with a view to increase the EU’s impact in Central Asia. The paper builds on an earlier EUCAM policy brief: Jos Boonstra, ‘Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia’, EUCAM Policy Brief, No. 34, February 2015 but is foremost based on the body of EUCAM research and monitoring of the EU Strategy for Central Asia since 2008. The main conclusions of the paper were presented in the European Parliament at an AFET meeting on 9 November 2015.

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 18

How does Central Asia view the EU?

Author:
Sébastien Peyrouse (ed.)
Date:
11.06.14
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 18

Much has been written about European policies and views regarding Central Asia. But how do Central Asians see the EU? This paper offers insights into how politicians, business leaders, scholars and civil society experts from Central Asia view the EU and its approach to the region.

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EUCAM Report No. 17

Evaluation of the EU's human rights policies and engagement in Central Asia

Author:
Jos Boonstra, Tika Tsertsvadze and Vera Axyonova
Date:
14.03.14
Type of Publication:
Report
Language: EN
EUCAM Report No. 17

This report, that was commissioned by the European Parliament, argues that European support for human rights in Central Asia mostly seeks to tackle technical matters in the judicial sector while often leaving deeper shortcomings in protection of human rights untouched. The EU has had little impact on Central Asia’s human rights record, due to the region’s deeply embedded authoritarian rule, as well as the EU’s limited leverage and inconsistencies in implementing values-related policies and projects. The report is also available here.

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EUCAM Report No. 16

The Impact of the 2014 ISAF Forces' Withdrawal from Afghanistan on the Central Asian Region

Author:
Jos Boonstra, Marlène Laruelle and Sébastien Peyrouse
Date:
11.02.14
Type of Publication:
Report
Language: EN
EUCAM Report No. 16

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan commences, the international community increasingly looks towards the relationship between Afghanistan and Central Asia. This study that was commissioned by the European Parliament looks into the impact of Afghanistan’s developments on Central Asia and reviews the possibilities that the European Union has to positively spur development and security in the region.

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 15

International Coordination of Water Sector Initiatives in Central Asia

Author:
Tatjana Lipiäinen and Jeremy Smith
Date:
29.11.13
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 15

Water resources and their management are a key policy area for Central Asian republics, as well as for international donors. The range of issues and approaches involved, the multitude of donors, and the lack of cooperation among Central Asian governments make coordination in this area a complex challenge. This paper examines the various water sector coordination initiatives that exist, with a emphasis on EU initiatives, and considers their main achievements and shortcomings.

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 14

Security Sector Reform in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: what role for Europe?

Author:
Jos Boonstra, Erica Marat and Vera Axyonova
Date:
07.05.13
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 14

The security sectors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are to different extents corrupt, lack democratic control and can even be a threat to the population. They differ in terms of both size and quality, as well as with respect to their willingness to reform. Security Sector Reform (SSR) based on democratic principles is urgently needed but not always welcome. The Western concept of SSR is not very well-known in Central Asia. States are mainly interested in military training and equipment, and less so in long-term measures to democratise and strengthen their security agencies and institutions. European actors hesitantly support Security Sector Reform in Central Asia. Is Europe on track? Should it do more, or less?

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 13

The Afghanistan-Central Asia relationship: What role for the EU?

Author:
Marlene Laruelle, Sebastien Peyrouse and Vera Axyonova
Date:
01.02.13
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 13

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan approaches, the EU increasingly focuses on preventing potential spillover effects on Central Asia. The Union wishes to further its cooperation with the wider region. This paper addresses the Central Asia-Afghanistan relationship, analyses the impact of post-2014 changes to the security context and looks at the EU’s opportunities to foster regional dynamics.

 

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 12

Thinking security, doing development? The security-development nexus in European policies towards Tajikistan

Author:
Jos Boonstra, Natalia Shapovalova
Date:
02.12.12
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 12

As the 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan approaches, the EU increasingly focuses on preventing potential spillover effects on Central Asia. The Union wishes to further its cooperation with the wider region. But to succeed, it will have to develop a clearer strategy to avoid condoning the repressive policies and opaque interests of the Central Asian governments. The EU should focus on a few well-chosen areas and prioritise the involvement of local actors, in particular civilian stakeholders, who are the only vectors of long-term sustainable solutions. This paper addresses the Central Asia-Afghanistan relationship, analyses the impact of post-2014 changes to the security context and looks at the EU’s opportunities to foster regional dynamics.

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EUCAM Working Paper No. 11

Security and development in Central Asia. The EU compared to China and Russia

Author:
Sébastien Peyrouse, Jos Boonstra, Marlène Laruelle
Date:
07.05.12
Type of Publication:
Working paper
Language: EN
EUCAM Working Paper No. 11

China and Russia are the most influential external actors in Central Asia, while the EU has substantially increased its activity and presence in the region since 2007. How do the security interests and development activities of these three actors compare? Is there any scope for cooperation and coordination or can their policies be boiled down to zero-sum geo-political competition?

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Policy Briefs

Policy Brief

No. 34

Reviewing the EU’s approach to Central Asia

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Working Papers/Reports

Report

No. 19

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

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Commentaries

Commentary

No. 27

Mastering a Façade democracy: elections in Uzbekistan

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Newsletters

Newsletter

No. 16

Discussing human rights with Central Asia is not enough

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