Central Asia Archives

  • The EU should lead by example on interns’ rights

    Social Europe & Jobs 17-09-2013

    The practice of unpaid internships is frightfully common in EU affairs. European institutions should lead by example and cover a reasonable portion of living costs of the youngsters who are roaming the institutions for a shot at a real job, Philippe Perchoc and Evan O'Connell write in an open letter.

  • Kazakhstan: Rising star or falling short of results?

    Trade & Society 31-05-2013

    Energy-rich Kazakhstan is a key country for the European Union as it seeks to diversify its energy supplies in Central Asia and the Caspian region, write Jos Boonstra and Tika Tsertsvadze.

  • A breakthrough in combating rare genetic disorders

    Science & Policymaking 08-03-2013

    Europe can lead the way in developing gene therapies to tackle the growing and persistent problem of previously incurable diseases, with huge potential benefits for both patients and industry. Europe needs to promote cross-border research and facilitate access to these new therapies, argues Aurelio Maggio.

  • Afghanistan and Central Asia: Nobody move, nobody gets hurt

    Development Policy 20-02-2013

    As Western powers and NATO gradually pull out from Afghanistan, the European Union is increasingly looking at the potential spillover threats for Central Asia as a whole, write Jos Boonstra and Marlene Laruelle.

  • Bringing Turkey back to the EU debate

    Enlargement 21-12-2012

    Shunned by the EU with membership talks effectively blocked, Turkey feels empowered. It is no longer on the European periphery, but at the centre of its own world, aruge Nathalie Tocci and Dimitar Bechev.

  • How a Nobel Peace Prize winner should approach Putin


    The European Union - winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize - should take a strong stand against the ongoing destruction of civil society in Russia at the summit with Vladimir Putin,  write Adam Bodnar and Dominika Bychawska-Siniarska.

  • Turkey’s evolving relationship with Europe

    Global Europe 24-07-2012

    As Europe's political and economic weight declines and Turkey is consolidated as a regional power, cooperation on economic issues will be increasingly supplemented by cooperation in other areas in order to maintain a geopolitical balance in the region and limit the presence of external players, says Stratfor.

  • A more assertive Russia: consequences for Ukraine


    The geography of the first official visits of Russian President Vladimir Putin illustrates the priority status of his project for a Eurasian Union, argues Roman Rukomeda.

  • People power in Ukraine


    Even as Ukraine drifts towards ever-more authoritarian government, the people’s ability to challenge the authorities was illustrated recently by protests against the demolition of a historic squarter in Kyiv, says Roman Rukomeda.

  • Guns of August: Political risk blowback

    Energy 02-09-2011

    Once Saudi Arabia and Russia eventually run out of oil the 'political no hopers' of today will need to become the major producers of tomorrow, bringing with them a whole new political risk cycle that Europe will come to regret, argues Matthew Hulbert, lead columnist at the European Energy Review.

  • A nuclear fuel bank to secure peaceful atomic energy

    Global Europe 31-08-2011

    Kazakhstan is ready to play a key role in global security by hosting an international nuclear fuel bank under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, writes Kanat Saudabayev, the country's secretary of state, in an exclusive commentary for EURACTIV.

  • Qatari (LNG) train: Leaving the European station?

    Energy 24-01-2011

    Qatar is the world's largest single producer of liquefied gas. It would be advantageous for Europe to secure itself a chunk of its supplies, but so far the EU has only lost ground to more flexible Asian buyers, writes Matthew Hulbert, senior fellow at the Centre for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.