Central Asia

Global Europe 31-10-2018

Brussels’ approach to Greater Eurasia in need of revision

It’s curious that the EU’s initiative “Connecting Europe and Asia” makes no mention of two of its most important players – the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Chinese “Belt and Road” Initiative, writes Yuri Kofner.
23-10-2018

Kazakhstan and the Venice Commission

The Council of Europe’s Venice Commission has provided precious support to the process of constitutional and legislative change in Kazakhstan, writes Igor Rogov.
EU-China 16-10-2018

ASEM comes to town

Apart from the UN General Assembly, the biggest gathering of world leaders takes place in Brussels this week, the biannual Asia-Europe meeting, known as ASEM. Representing two-thirds of the world’s population, trade and GDP, Europe and Asia have lots to discuss, writes Fraser Cameron.
09-10-2018

Religion should not be used to sow divisions

In recent years, many thousands have died and millions more had to flee their homes due to conflicts in which religion has been used to justify discrimination and violence. Countering these dangerous distortions is one of the challenges that religious leaders will address in Astana on 10 and 11 October, writes Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
05-10-2018

Currency crisis comes to Uzbekistan

A weak currency could have negative implications for Uzbekistan’s still struggling economy, such as reversing some of the progress made by the reforms, writes Ekaterina Zolotova for Geopolitical Futures.
19-09-2018

EU counters China’s Silk Road Initiative

Today’s adoption by the European Commission of a new ‘Connectivity Strategy’ linking Europe and Asia throws down the gauntlet to an increasingly assertive China, writes Bart Broer.
13-09-2018

TRACECA could have been the backbone of Belt and Road

In the early 1990’s, the EU had actually paved the way for Euro-Asian connectivity programmes with TRACECA, a programme meant to promote regional transport dialogue. However, its attention to the initiative dwindled over the years, writes Nicola Contessi.
China 04-09-2018

China’s ‘Silk Road’ project runs into debt jam

China's massive and expanding "Belt and Road" trade infrastructure project is running into speed bumps as some countries begin to grumble about being buried under Chinese debt, says an analysis by AFP.
29-08-2018

A day to reflect on our nuclear weapon-free future

29 August was chosen by the United Nations to commemorate the anniversary of the closure of the Semapalatinsk nuclear test site, and to promote the initiative for a nuclear weapon-free world, writes the Astana Times in an editorial article.
24-07-2018

Uzbekistan opening up

External observers welcome the opening of Uzbekistan under its new leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev, but they are also aware that further reforms could be stalled, write Jos Boonstra and Andreas Marazis.
08-06-2018

Kazakhstan will benefit enormously from Belt and Road initiative

Kazakhstan, the most impressive reformer in the Central Asian region, is set to benefit enormously from China’s Belt and Road initiative as an equal partner, Kate Mallinson of Chatham House said at an international conference marking the 20th anniversary of Astana, on 5 June.
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14-03-2018

Kazakhstan to lower mortgage costs, reduce taxes on low-wage workers, among other initiatives

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced 5 March what he called “Five Social Initiatives”, including tax breaks for low-income workers and greater access to education, that are expected to directly positively impact half of the country’s 18 million people, writes Aigerim Seisembayeva.
09-03-2018

Another environmental catastrophe is looming in Central Asia

The EU as a soft power should convince other donors to make the funds available to decontaminate old uranium mines in Central Asia, writes Adrian De Meer.
12-02-2018

Projecting soft power as an imperative for the EU in Central Asia

There is a thirst for Europe in Central Asia and much more should be done to answer this interest under existing and new inter-cultural programs, writes Nargis Kassenova.
Energy 24-01-2018

How Central Asian energy complements the Southern Gas Corridor

Practical access to Central Asian gas, which would arrive via the twin projects of the White Stream and the Trans-Caspian Pipeline, is finally coming at just the right time to complete the Southern Gas Corridor, writes Robert M. Cutler.
05-01-2018

The tripartite approach is suffocating OSCE

Kazakhstan’s view is that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) should not be a place where decisions are made by the United States, Russia and the European Union with everyone else reduced to the role of spectators, writes Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
China 06-11-2017

A new era for China brings new opportunities to all

Following the recent National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the head of the Chinese Mission to the EU explains what the future holds for his country.
19-10-2017

Kazakhstan is getting closer to OECD membership

Next week Almaty, the financial hub of Kazakhstan, will welcome political leaders from Central Asia and OECD member states for the OECD Eurasia Week. Kazakhstan hopes that this event will further strengthen the relations between the Eurasian and the OECD countries, writes Timur Suleimenov.
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13-10-2017

Another environmental catastrophe looms in Central Asia

During the last UN session, when the media were dominated by headlines about the well-known hotbeds of tension, a strong but little noticed message came from the leader of a Central Asian Republic, writes Adrian Van der Meer.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2017

EXPO 2017 in Astana will contribute to global sustainable development

Staging such an important exhibition as EXPO 2017 in Kazakhstan will accelerate our transition to a modern and sustainable economy, writes Kairat Abdrakhamanov. EXPO 2017 taking place from 10 June to 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Its theme is "Future Energy".
Global Europe 01-02-2017

Kazakhstan changing to secure continuity

Kazakhstan and the wider region of Central Asia are on the cusp of significant change, albeit largely unrecognised by the rest of the world, writes Kamran Bokari.
Global Europe 20-12-2016

Russian ambassador’s murder will bend Turkey relationship, not break it

Russia is facing growing threats, for a range of reasons, but yesterday's murder of its ambassador to Turkey is unlikely to break Moscow's relations with Ankara, writes Stratfor.
Global Europe 19-10-2016

Compromising in the Caucasus

A change in the status quo of the frozen Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would affect all regional players, writes Antonia Colibasanu.
Climate change 29-09-2016

A call on Vice-President Timmermans to free the Nature Directives

If the Commission wants to change its image as a shadowy lobbyist’s paradise, approving the Birds and Habitats Directives would show that the EU executive is in touch with its citizens, not in the pocket of powerful corporations, writes Ariel Brunner.