Active Role of the European Union in the Process of Reformation of Central Asia
Ertan Efegil (Beykent University, Department of International Relations) [BIO]
Since their independence of the Central Asian states, the European Union has developed its relations with them within the administrative framework of several programs, such as TACIS, INOGATE, etc. In its relations, it did not become a part of the geo-strategic competition between Russia, the United States and China.
On the other hand it has made serious contributions to the nation-building and state-building processes of the states of this region as well as to their economic reforms. But such kind of relations are not enough to change the regional situation and conditions positively. The European Union should play an increasingly active role in reforming and reshaping Central Asia in a peaceful and institutional way. For example, the EU organs can make serious contributions to areas, such as economic development, human rights, education, democratization, rule of law etc.
However, due to the internal conditions of the EU, its contributions are quite limited.