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dc.contributor.authorFawn, Rick
dc.identifier.citationFawn , R 2021 , ' 'Not here for geopolitical interests or games' : the EU's 2019 strategy in the regional and inter-regional competition for Central Asia ' , Central Asian Survey , vol. Latest Articles .
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dc.descriptionThis work was supported by research project ‘Contested Global Governance, Transformed Global Governors? International Organisations and “Weak” States’ (GLOBALCONTEST), funded by the French National Research Agency [grant number: ANR-16-ACHN-0034].en
dc.description.abstractThe European Union’s (EU) 2019 New Strategy for Central Asia and joint meetings with Central Asia’s five foreign ministers established standards and expectations for mutual relations. Throughout those initiatives and proclamations, the EU stresses its un-geopolitical essence and behaviour, including the statement that affords the article’s title. The article identifies five issue areas that demonstrate that, despite declarations otherwise, the EU reasons and acts geopolitically in this contested region: (1) the promotion of Central Asian regionalism; (2) the inclusion of Central Asia in formations beneficial to the EU; (3) selectively in economic and functionalist cooperation; (4) democracy, human rights and civil society promotion; and (5) international education cooperation. The EU identifies its comparative advantage through cost–benefit analyses and seeks to enhance its attractiveness by offering its allies to Central Asia, while excluding other, present actors. That the EU is often outmanoeuvred does not diminish this subtle yet discernible geopolitical conduct.
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dc.rightsCopyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.en
dc.subjectEuropean Unionen
dc.subjectCentral Asiaen
dc.subjectEU's 2019 Central Asia Strategyen
dc.subjectEU's 2007 Central Asia Strategyen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.title'Not here for geopolitical interests or games' : the EU's 2019 strategy in the regional and inter-regional competition for Central Asiaen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of International Relationsen
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