A round table on the new EU strategy for Central Asia

On 3 July 2019, Crossroads Central Asia, in partnership with Elgezit Media, hosted a round table discussion on “The new EU strategy for Central Asia: expectations, opportunities and risks”. The debate aimed to offer initial assessment and reaction to the newly unveiled strategy of the EU for Central Asia and voice out initial recommendations for […]

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Patterns of party organization and mobilization in Kyrgyzstan

The constitutional changes in the aftermath of the April 2010 regime turnover conveyed a renewed momentum for party development in Kyrgyzstan. However, as subsequent parliamentary elections have indicated, political elites failed in building viable party organizations and complex internal organizational structures allowing to establish strong party-voter linkages and maximize electoral gains. Parties in Kyrgyzstan remained […]

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Threats to stability in Central Asia: what role for the EU?

Keeping Central Asia stable and free of conflicts has been mentioned as a priority both in national governments’ narratives and those of international partners already for a long time. The early-1990s, times of political and economic transitions, were uncertain by default. Few observers could foresee how the newly emergent states would address the spectre of […]

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Transition plans gone awry: is the downfall of Atambayev an argument for democracy?

In October 2017, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev oversaw a peaceful and orderly election and the installation of a new president, all in accordance with the constitution. For the first time, apparently, a truly peaceful handover of power took place and Kyrgyzstan could now claim that it had made a significant step toward democratic consolidation. In […]

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Why no Central Asian strategy for the European Union?

In the past years, the European Union conducted a prolonged, inclusive process of debating and consulting to support the drafting of its new strategy for Central Asia. How come do the Central Asian states, clearly the beneficiary side of the partnership, see it irrelevant to develop their own strategy for the EU relations through a […]

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The first year of Jeenbekov’s presidency in Kyrgyzstan

A year ago, in November 2017, Sooronbai Jeenbekov was sworn in as Kyrgyzstan’s fifth president. The event made headlines as the first instance of a peaceful transition of power from one elected president to another in Central Asia. Almazbek Atambaev’s decision to step down, while constitutionally prescribed, was an unusual act in a region where […]

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