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The European Union's Strategic Role in Central Asia. CEPS Policy Brief, No. 128, 28 March 2007

Melvin, Neil J. (2007) The European Union's Strategic Role in Central Asia. CEPS Policy Brief, No. 128, 28 March 2007. [Policy Paper]

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    [From the Introduction]. For the first time since the collapse of communism, the EU is facing a strategic challenge in its external policies. The rise of Russia and China as international actors – with India close behind – and the growing confidence of some leading regional powers, such as Iran, are creating a serious threat to the EU’s ambition to apply external policies that reflect European values. Against this background, the employment of the democracy – promotion agenda developed during the 1990s is unlikely to be effective and may even serve to weaken the position of the EU in key regions. This situation demands an urgent and far-reaching rethink of the approach the Union takes to external relations. If the EU is to remain a serious global actor, it will have to find ways to reconcile the imperative of engaging in difficult regions beyond the immediate European neighbourhood while also remaining true to the values of the Union.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > Central Asia
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
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    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2008
    Page Range: p. 7
    Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 12:00
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/7366

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