In 2007, the EU adopted its first Central Asia
Strategy, thereby marking the region as a geographic priority of EU foreign policy. A little
more than a decade later, the regional and international context of EU policy in Central Asia
has changed considerably. The EU and Russia are now locked in a battle over Ukraine and European
Security. Meanwhile, China has evolved into a key player and is transforming economic and
political relations in Central Asia through its Belt and Road Initiative. In 2017, the Council
of the European Union decided to review the EU's policy towards Central Asia and invited the EU
High Representative for Central Asia and the European Commission to come forward with proposals
for a new Central Asia Strategy, in accordance with the EU Global Strategy, by the end of 2019.
The experts will address following questions:
1. What have been the most important
successes and failures of the EU's Central Asia policy since the adoption of the EU Central Asia
Strategy in 2007?
2. How have perceptions of the EU and Russia in the Central Asian states
developed since the adoption of the EU's Central Asia Strategy in 2007?
3. How has the
deterioration of EU-Russian relations impacted on Central Asia since 2014?
4. What is the
EU's place in Central Asia's changing international context, particularly with China's growing
role in the region?
5. What lessons should the EU draw from its new Central Asia Strategy?