EU Reinforces Central Asian Strategy
“As globalization makes the world grow smaller, Central Asia draws closer to Europe. Security, energy and human rights issues in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are now affecting the European Union.
The union’s 2010 report, “Into EurAsia — Monitoring the EU’s Central Asia Strategy,” states that problems such as terrorism and arms smuggling cannot be managed purely by military means. The report analyzes the Council of the European Union’s 2007 “Strategy for a New Partnership.”
“Into EurAsia,” published by the EU Central Asia Monitoring office, or EUCAM, outlines European desires for closer ties and more integration with Central Asia. In the 2010 update, the authors concluded that “concretely Central Asia presents no direct security threats to the EU.” The reports cite indirect threats to Europe, such as insecurity of energy supplies, al-Qaida, radicalization and drug trafficking. Equally important to security are law enforcement, democratization, poverty reduction and respect for the rule of law..”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “EU Reinforces Central Asian Strategy,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 3, 2010: 60-63.
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