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Engaging Central Asia. The European Union’s new strategy in the heart of Eurasia
Engaging Central Asia. The European Union’s new strategy in the heart of Eurasia

Contributor(s): Neil Melvin (Editor)
Subject(s): Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Keywords: Central Asia; European Union; Eurasia; Security challenges; human rights; democratic reforms; Political engagement; Heart of Eurasia;
Summary/Abstract: During the Soviet era, the lands of contemporary Central Asia were largely terra incognito for the outside world. Located deep within the Soviet Union, the region was isolated for much of the 20th century. During this period, Soviet Central Asia (the Uzbek, Tajik, Turkmen and Kyrgyz republics) and Kazakhstan (which was seen as administratively separate from the other four republics) were to an extraordinary degree controlled by Moscow and the institutions of Communist power. The sudden and dramatic collapse of the USSR under Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of 1991 thus marked an historic moment for Central Asia for it exposed the region almost overnight to the international community.In July 2007, the European Union initiated a fundamentally new approach to the countries of Central Asia. The launch of the EU Strategy for Central Asia signals a qualitative shift in the Union’s relations with a region of the world that is of growing importance as a supplier of energy, is geographically situated in a politically sensitive area – between China, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan and the south Caucasus – and contains some of the most authoritarian political regimes in the world. In this volume, leading specialists from Europe, the United States and Central Asia explore the key challenges facing the European Union as it seeks to balance its policies between enhancing the Union’s energy, business and security interests in the region while strengthening social justice, democratisation efforts and the protection of human rights. With chapters devoted to the Union’s bilateral relations with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan and to the vital issues of security and democratisation, ‘Engaging Central Asia’ provides the first comprehensive analysis of the EU’s strategic initiative in a part of the world that is fast emerging as one of the key regions of the 21st century.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-92-9079-707-4
  • Page Count: 196
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: English
Security challenges in Central Asia: implications for the EU’s engagement strategy

Security challenges in Central Asia: implications for the EU’s engagement strategy
(Security challenges in Central Asia: implications for the EU’s engagement strategy)

Democratisation and human rights in Central Asia: Problems, development prospects and the role of the international community

Democratisation and human rights in Central Asia: Problems, development prospects and the role of the international community
(Democratisation and human rights in Central Asia: Problems, development prospects and the role of the international community)

The EU and Kazakhstan: Is the pursuit of energy and security cooperation compatible with promotion of human rights and democratic reforms?

The EU and Kazakhstan: Is the pursuit of energy and security cooperation compatible with promotion of human rights and democratic reforms?
(The EU and Kazakhstan: Is the pursuit of energy and security cooperation compatible with promotion of human rights and democratic reforms?)

The EU and Uzbekistan: Where to go from here?

The EU and Uzbekistan: Where to go from here?
(The EU and Uzbekistan: Where to go from here?)

Turkmenistan and the EU: Contexts and possibilities for greater engagement

Turkmenistan and the EU: Contexts and possibilities for greater engagement
(Turkmenistan and the EU: Contexts and possibilities for greater engagement)

Tajikistan and the EU: From post-conflict reconstruction to critical engagement

Tajikistan and the EU: From post-conflict reconstruction to critical engagement
(Tajikistan and the EU: From post-conflict reconstruction to critical engagement)

A view from the region

A view from the region
(A view from the region)

The European Union’s strategic role in Central Asia

The European Union’s strategic role in Central Asia
(The European Union’s strategic role in Central Asia)

Annex 1 - Mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia

Annex 1 - Mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia
(Annex 1 - Mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia)

Annex 2 - Extension of the mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia

Annex 2 - Extension of the mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia
(Annex 2 - Extension of the mandate of the EU special representative for Central Asia)

Annex 3 - The European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership

Annex 3 - The European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership
(Annex 3 - The European Union and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership)