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European Union and Central Asia – past directions and future perspectives


  • Ana-Maria ANGHELESCU

    () (PhD Candidate at National University of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania)


In 2007, the European Union launched a targeted Strategy for Central Asia, as a continuation of the efforts to improve the relations with the five post-soviet republics. The adoption in 2019 of a new EU Strategy for Central Asia offers the opportunity to include in the new strategic framework the lessons learned during the past decade of promoting the EU influence in the region, besides promoting measures to strengthen EU’s global posture. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the capacity of the EU to mobilise resources for its foreign policy goals, specifically in relation with Central Asia. In examining this idea, I will use the framework offered by the neoclassical realist theory, mainly because in relation to some foreign policy objectives, the EU can be assimilated to a state.

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  • Ana-Maria ANGHELESCU, 2018. "European Union and Central Asia – past directions and future perspectives," CES Working Papers, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 10(3), pages 271-290, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:wpaper:y:2018:v:10:i:3:p:271-290

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    1. Cooley, Alexander, 2012. "Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest in Central Asia," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199929825.
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