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International Conference on “Prospects of EU-Central Asia Relations” in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Participants from Central Asia and Europe during the conference

The Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) and its partner the Centre Inter­na­tional de Formation Européenne (CIFE) have organized an inter­na­tional confe­rence in Almaty, Kazakhstan from the 28th to the 29th of August 2014. 70 parti­ci­pants gathered at the confe­rence in Almaty, made up of our EUCAIS master students, several EUCAIS alumni and a number of speakers and attendees.

The Inter­na­tional Confe­rence provided an oppor­tunity for intense analysis and discussion on intra-regional Central Asian issues, around topics like conflict resolution and security, develo­pment paths and Great Powers interests involved in this multi-facetted region at the cross­roads of Eastern and Western cultures. Experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kashmir on the one hand and Europe (France, Germany, Greece and Latvia) on the other contri­buted to shape a picture of internal and external relations and influences in Central Asia, which was fasci­nating by its complexity and posed an intellectual as well as a political challenge. Univer­sities and think-tanks (e.g. the German-Kazakh University, the Al-Farabi State University, KIMEP-University and the OSCE Academy), govern­ments (the Ambassador of Latvia, addressing the agenda of the incoming EU Presi­dency) and the European Commission (repre­sented by Gerhard Sabathil, Director at the External Action Service) guaranteed the academic quality and practical appli­ca­bility of the debates.
Below, you can find the agenda of the confe­rence, speeches and presen­ta­tions during the confe­rence as well as the academic papers of the working groups for download.

Revised versions of selected papers have been published in an issue of “l’Europe en formation”, which is dedicated to the relations between the European Union and Central Asia and develo­p­ments in contem­porary Central Asia. Scholars from both regions deliver analyses covering the realms of democracy, natural resources, security and the regional perspective.

More infor­mation on the issue are available on the website of „L’Europe en formation“.

Conference Agenda (PDF)

Conference Speeches and Presentations

Conference Papers and Introductions

*As this paper is under review for publi­cation in an academic journal, full access to the confe­rence paper is not possible. If you have any questions concerning this paper please contact the author.