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The New EU Strategy towards Central Asia: A View from the Region

Nargis Kassenova

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At the end of the German Presidency, in June 2007, the EU adopted “The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership”. It was the first-ever EU strategy developed for Central Asia, and in this way, it marked a real breakthrough in the relations between European and Central Asian countries. In this paper, Nargis Kassevova, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, attempts to go beyond the assistance programme with generic developmental goals based on the perceived needs of the region, to define European interests in the region, find prospective areas for cooperation and improve the approaches by making them more effective.