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.

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.