EU and Central Asian Nations: Challenges and Prospects of Cooperation
Mirzokhid Rakhimov (Contemporary history and International relations Department, Institute of History Uzbek Academy of Science, Tashkent State Pedagogical University) [BIO]
The paper attempts to analyze relations between Central Asia nations with the European Union, with special emphasize on current relations and future prospects of EU-Uzbek relations.
It is clear that a partnership of the EU, NATO, OSCE and other international organizations with Central Asia countries is important for the promotion of stability and security of the Central Asia nations and in assisting them in their pursuit of economic development and socio-political transformation. At the same time, there are problems in the relations between Central Asia and the EU and OSCE, including lack of mutual cultural understanding, as well as different approaches and a lack of close cooperation among these international institutions.
Regional cooperation in Central Asia and international partnership with international actors including the EU is a key factor for the positive development of democratic norms and stability in Central Eurasia. The EU and the Central Asia nations need a strong partnership in national, regional and international development in Central Asia.
The presentation is based on my research in Central Asia republics and on academic visit to SOAS of the University of London and Cambridge University (UK).