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Health diplomacy of the European Union and its member states in Central Asia. EL-CSID Policy Brief Issue 2018/5 • April 2018

Collins, Neil and Bekenova, Kristina and Kagarmanova, Ainur (2018) Health diplomacy of the European Union and its member states in Central Asia. EL-CSID Policy Brief Issue 2018/5 • April 2018. [Working Paper]

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    In the soft power context, health is increasingly seen as an area that generates particular diplomatic benefits because it is ostensibly non-political and can bring both immediate and long-term advantages equally to the donor and the recipient country. Since the European Union’s role in the international affairs is increasing, the EU is expected to play a central role in global health guided by the principles of solidarity, i.e. to provide an equitable and universal access to quality health services. Some commentators point to a lack of coherence and coordination between EU health and other policies1. Also, ambiguities do exist about the scope of national and European competencies in the area of health policy2. The role of the smaller member states may be unusually significant as they "use the health arena to demonstrate their commitment to the multilateral systems that provide them with a voice and allow them a leading role on the global stage”3. Thus, health diplomacy offers an intriguing insight into the dynamics in the EU’s approaches to Central Asia, the region that is incrementally becoming of interest to Europe.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > public health policy (including global activities)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    Countries > Azerbaijan
    Countries > Kazakhstan
    Countries > Kyrgyzstan
    Countries > Turkmenistan
    Countries > Uzbekistan
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Institute for European Studies (Brussels) > Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2020 12:02
    Number of Pages: 7
    Last Modified: 22 Mar 2020 12:31

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