IIAS Newsletter 46 Winter 2008

Toward a true Eurasia? EU strategy in Central Asia: a view from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Aigerim Shilibekova

European Union enlargement brings it geographically closer to Central Asia, which increases the significance of interregional relations, stability and security throughout Eurasia. From the first days of independence, Central Asian states made strengthening ties to Europe a foreign policy priority. Especially after signing Partnership and Cooperation Agreements with the EU, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in particular brimmed with enthusiasm for closer cooperation.

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