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The EU and Uzbekistan: Short-Term Interests versus Long-Term Engagement. EUCAM Policy Brief No. 8, July 2009

Ismailov, Sukhrobjon. and Jarabik, Balazs. (2009) The EU and Uzbekistan: Short-Term Interests versus Long-Term Engagement. EUCAM Policy Brief No. 8, July 2009. [Policy Paper]

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    After fifteen years of independence, there are practically no democratic institutions in place in Uzbekistan. Four years after the 2005 Andijon crackdown and the subsequent Western sanctions, almost nothing has changed and the European Union (EU) is struggling to establish a credible policy towards the ‘heart of Central Asia’. Uzbekistan is not an easy or predictable partner; on the contrary, it is full of (self-) importance. The Strategy on Central Asia, which has made the EU a new international player in the region, has also presented it with a dilemma, as most of the priority issues inevitably depend on political reforms in Uzbekistan. The EU should put the strongest accent on the development dimension, clearly communicating its message and engaging with as many stakeholders in Uzbekistan as possible. The EU must make its message about the importance of reforms heard within the Uzbek political elite. Only a long-term EU commitment and engagement geared towards Uzbekistan’s development will help to build relations and create clarity on both sides.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > EUCAM Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2009
    Page Range: p. 5
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:14

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