Central Asia In The Spotlight

Central Asia In the Spotlight

In June 2017, the European Council agreed to renew the 2007 EU Strategy for Central Asia by the first half of 2019. The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in close cooperation with its long-lasting partner Europe-Central Asia Monitoring (EUCAM) actively followed the process and contributed to this exercise by providing insights and recommendations in a detailed report. EUCAM Coordinator Jos Boonstra along with ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Andreas Marazis, Associate Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Prof. Marlene Laruelle and Tika Tsertsvadze, Human Rights Advocacy Manager with IPHR presented some ideas on what an ideal new strategy should look like in terms of content and format. 

The full report is available in PDF format below.

  A new EU-Central Asia Strategy: Deepening relationships and generating long-lasting impact

ENC throughout 2018 supported EUCAM and their fellowship programme by hosting and training two groups of young Central Asian fellows in policy-oriented research and outreach in Brussels and it will continue to do so in 2019  as well, with a third group focusing on security and border management issues.

More recently Andreas Marazis and Jos Boonstra questioned in the latest EUCAM Watch how ‘central’ is Central Asia in the EU-Asia connectivity strategy, following the release of EU’s Europe-Asia Connectivity Strategy.

Last week on the 30th of January, in the aftermath of the 17th meeting of the Kazakhstan – EU Cooperation Committee, EURACTIV in cooperation with the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Brussels hosted a high-level event titled “EU-Kazakhstan relations: from security issues to regional cooperation” with views from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roman Vassilenko, the Deputy Managing Director for Europe and Central Asia at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Luc Devigne and ENC’s Managing Director Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, who stressed the importance of education and communication – at a regional level – as vital tools in preventing violent extremism (PVE) among youth in Central Asia.

For the video summary of the event check the link below:

In the upcoming months ENC, together with EUCAM, the EGMONT Royal Institute for International Relations and in close cooperation with the office of EUSR for Central Asia, Amb. Peter Burian will organise a high level roundtable event, as part of the EUCAM Fellowship Programme, focusing on PVE, border management and other security issues in Central Asia. Stay tuned!