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From Central Asia into EurAsia
From Central Asia into EurAsia

Author(s): Michael Emerson, Iqbol Qoraboyev, Maxim Ryabkov, Marlène Laruelle, Alisher Ilkhamov
Subject(s): Supranational / Global Economy, Energy and Environmental Studies, Civil Society, Environmental and Energy policy, International relations/trade, Social development, Environmental interactions, Geopolitics
Published by: CEPS Centre for European Policy Studies
Keywords: European Union; Central Asia; Eurasia; regional cooperation; foreign policy; water resources; environmental policy; civil society; social development; literacy;
Summary/Abstract: Having recently spent some time in all five states of Central Asia on the EUCAM project monitoring the EU’s strategy there I am persuaded that the regional dimension to this strategy needs reconsideration. The EU wishes to foster enlightened regional cooperation among the five states and allocates 30% of its budget to regional projects. The EU comes to the region with a presumption that regional cooperation leading maybe even to regional integration is a good idea. But has the regional dimension to the EU Central Asia strategy been well conceived for the 21st century when the map of Eurasia is being radically redrawn, after the 20th century when Central Asia was a region integrated into the Soviet Union, sealed off from the rest of the world?

  • Page Count: 8
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • Language: English