About: Uzbekistan

Central Europe 11-06-2018

In striking contrast with G7, Shanghai summit focuses on ‘unity’

Chinese President Xi Jingping has praised the "unity" of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement (SCO) at the opening ceremony of the organization's summit in the coastal Chinese city of Quingdao.
Central Asia 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.
Central Asia 27-03-2018

Mogherini discusses future of Afghanistan at Central Asia forum

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini arrived in the Uzbek capital Tashkent yesterday (26 March) and met with the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries, ahead of a conference on Afghanistan under the heading "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity" which takes place today.
Central Europe 20-03-2018

Political analyst: In Central Asia, the personality factor is very important

A change at the helm of Uzbekistan 18 months ago became a game-changer and greatly improved relations in Central Asia, where the personality factor remains very important. In an interview, researcher Anastassiya Reshetnyak assesses the geopolitical situation, relations in the region and with the EU.
Central Asia 19-03-2018

Minister: Central Asia can be a model of peace, security and cooperation

In a wide-ranging interview, Galymzhan Koisybayev, deputy minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, told EURACTIV about the results of a recent summit of the Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan) and the past and the future of regional cooperation.
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Connecting Central Asia

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The five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan – only recently represented one of the most disconnected regions of the world, but have now launched a new regional cooperation drive. As a non-permanent of the UN...
Central Asia 16-03-2018

Astana hosts little-publicised Central Asia summit

Only a couple of years ago, a summit of the five Central Asia countries would have been absolutely unthinkable. But the leaders came together on Thursday (15 March) and decided to hold such meetings annually, always at the same time of the year, which is a major holiday in the region.
Central Asia 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.
Central Asia 01-03-2018

EU officials: Central Asia is trusted to define its regional interest

Speaking at a public event organised by EURACTIV in Brussels, EU officials shed light on the Union’s relation with Kazakhstan, saying it was increasingly becoming a model for the wider region of Central Asia.
Central Asia 22-01-2018

Guterres highlights cooperation potential of Central Asia with Afghanistan

UN Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted on Friday (21 January) the potential of the five countries of Central Asia for addressing the threats of violent extremism and transnational organised crime in Afghanistan. For its part, Kazakhstan has suggested building an economic and security partnership with Afghanistan.
Central Asia 29-11-2017

‘Central Asia Spring’ hailed after Uzbekistan changed leadership

A leading MEP said on Tuesday (28 November) that regional cooperation in Central Asia was benefitting from “a new beginning” thanks to democratisation in Uzbekistan flowing the death of its first leader Islam Karimov in 2016.
Central Asia 08-09-2017

Water resources management: West Africa and Central Asia

A panel discussion at the Bled Strategic Forum highlighted the experience of West Africa in the common management of the water resources over a large area and progress in improving cooperation in an even larger Central Asia.
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 03-01-2017

Kazakhstan lifts visa requirements to boost tourism, investment

Kazakhstan said Tuesday (3 January) it had lifted visa requirements for citizens of the European Union, OECD countries and a number of other states in a bid to boost investment and tourism.
Enlargement 21-11-2016

Fed up with EU, Erdogan says Turkey could join ‘Shanghai Five’ bloc

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted saying yesterday (20 November) that Turkey did not need to join the European Union "at all costs" and could instead become part of a security bloc dominated by China, Russia and Central Asian nations.
Energy 08-11-2016

LUKoil vice president: EU taxes are killing the refinery business

LUKoil would be delighted to sell the EU gas, but it cannot, as Gazprom has a monopoly on Russia's gas exports. However, the gas LUKoil discovered on the Romanian shelf will directly supply the EU, Leonid Fedun told EURACTIV.com.
Global Europe 02-11-2015

US seeks rapprochement with authoritarian Central Asian states

US Secretary of State John Kerry met with officials from five Central Asian states on Sunday (1 November), who are accused of being among the world’s worst offenders of human rights.
Le djihadiste britannique connu sous le nom de "John le Beatle"

Flow of European jihadis drying up

The flow of European fighters from Europe to territory held by the ultra-hardline Islamic State is drying up due to tighter restrictions imposed by European states that have prevented would-be jihadis from travelling, fighters from the group said.
Global Europe 02-03-2011

Barroso urges Kyrgyzstan to ‘stand firm’ on reforms

Receiving Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva in Brussels yesterday (1 March), European Commission President José Manuel Barroso encouraged the former Soviet republic, which is trying to build the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia, to stand firm on economic and political reforms.
Med & South 24-01-2011

Human rights concerns overshadow EU-Uzbek ‘summit’

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, is today (24 January) meeting Islam Karimov, president of Uzbekistan, in an unprecedented move to engage with an authoritarian leader who has been in charge since 1990 and stands accused of massive violations of human rights.
Enlargement 15-11-2005

Council imposes arms embargo on Uzbekistan

The EU has imposed a visa ban and an arms embargo on Uzbekistan. Meanwhile, the Uzbek president has signed a military co-operation agreement with Moscow.
Med & South 05-10-2005

EU freezes relations with Uzbekistan

Serious doubts about human rights violations in Uzbekistan has led the EU, for the first time ever, to suspend its Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA) with another country. 
Security 18-05-2005

EU deeply concerned at events in Uzbekistan

The Commission is calling on Uzbek authorities not to use force and to return to dialogue to resolve the current political crisis in the country. However, no further EU action at this point is foreseen.
Enlargement 12-05-2005

Uzbekistan: Taking a U Out of GUUAM

Uzbekistan has formally withdrawn from GUUAM, a regional grouping of states that also includes Georgia and Ukraine. Political analysts say the move confirms a geopolitical turn by Uzbek leader Islam Karimov away from the United States towards Russia, according to this EurasiaNet article published by Transitions Online.