Nigina Khasanova

Nigina Khasanova

Graduate of the Master’s Programme in “Studies of the EU and Central Asia in the International System”, (Instutut fur Europaische Politik/ IEP and Centre Internatinal de Formation Europeenne/CIFE)

 “The EU and the Relations with Central Asia – Lessons from the Past for Strategies of the Future”.

The European Union’s interest in Central Asia as a region can be first seen the adoption of “The EU Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership” in 2007. A range of geopolitical factors influenced the adoption of the Strategy. Among these concerns were the diversification of energy supplies, EU’s enlargement to the East and security issues.

The EU strategy has a clearly defined approach that covers a number of specific areas, including rule of law, human rights, good governance, investment, transport and energy and border management.

In this paper I argue that despite of comprehensiveness of this approach the consistency and sustainability in all areas of strategy has been clearly lacking. Significant clashes of norms and interests of the EU with the expected outcomes results in a disparity of the approach.

The research is timely due a need for evaluation of the strategy and further suggestions for a new phase.


Panel 3 European Union External Relations and Politics