Central Asia

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China [What Think Tanks are thinking]

China is a major strategic partner for the European Union, despite divergences on human rights issues, as well as on some economic and foreign policies. Continue reading

Water disputes in Central Asia: Rising tension threatens regional stability

Written by Konur Alp Kocak After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, water management has caused severe disputes in Central Asia, due to conflicting needs and priorities between the upstream and downstream countries, thus endangering regional stability and security. In terms of distribution of natural resources, the countries in the region are divided into two … Continue reading

Shrinking legal space for civil society in Russia

6 language versions available in PDF format Rechtsraum für die Zivilgesellschaft in Russland schrumpft Reducción del espacio jurídico de la sociedad civil en Rusia Restriction de l’espace juridique pour la société civile en Russie Riduzione dello spazio giuridico della società civile in Russia Zawężanie przestrzeni prawnej dla społeczeństwa obywatelskiego w Rosji Shrinking legal space for … Continue reading

Transboundary water management: The Rogun Dam in Tajikistan

In more than 260 transboundary watercourses around the world, the closely linked issues of energy, water and agriculture cause difficulties. Tensions between energy-starved Tajikistan and cotton-producing Uzbekistan over the planned Rogun hydro-electric dam illustrate the continuing ‘water versus energy’ debate. At the same time, the scarcity of water resources in Central Asia is often caused … Continue reading

Geopolitical and financial consequences of the shale revolution: Europe, Russia and Asia

Global gas demand As an effect of the ongoing financial and economic crisis, global gas demand (p.1) has decreased in the past years. At the same time, unconventional gas production, mainly in the US, has, together with an increased global capacity in liquefied natural gas (LNG) altered the supply side. These developments have an impact … Continue reading

EU-Russia relations: towards a new agreement?

6 language versions available in PDF format Beziehungen EU–Russland: Einigung auf ein neues Abkommen? Relaciones UE-Rusia ¿hacia un nuevo acuerdo? Relations UE Russie: vers un nouvel accord? Relazioni UE-Russia: verso un nuovo accordo? Czy stosunki UE–Rosja zmierzają w kierunku nowego porozumienia? EU-Russia relations: towards a new agreement? Negotiations for a new EU-Russia agreement are proving … Continue reading

EU-Russia trade relations: State of play and prospects

EU-Russia trade relations are growing again, after a drop in 2009.Russia is the EU’s main energy supplier. In return, the EU provides Russia with high-tech, manufactured products. Despite widespread fears of European dependence on Russian energy supplies, the overall picture is more complex. It is true that Russia has a strong comparative advantage in fuel, … Continue reading

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