EU Democracy Promotion in Kazakhstan
Michael Sadler LG 19
PhD researcher Aijan Sharshenova discusses her research "EU Democracy Promotion in Kazakhstan". Dr Adrian Gallagher will be the discussant.
Kazakhstan is undoubtedly the most economically developed Central Asian country and a major regional partner for the European Union. Relations between the EU and Kazakhstan develop both at multilateral and bilateral level, and are regulated with a number of policy documents, the major ones being EU strategy towards Central Asia for the regional cooperation, and Partnership and Cooperation Agreement for the bilateral cooperation. Implementation progress on both policy documents can be tracked through regular progress reports issued by the European institutions.
However, a balanced view on the EU democracy promotion in Kazakhstan requires a larger outlook and analytical discussion of the EU involvement, objectives, priorities, and actors in Kazakhstan. Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is threefold.
Firstly, it aims to provide a broader context of the EU democracy promotion and place it into the EU involvement in Kazakhstan with taking into consideration EU interests in this country and strategic importance of Kazakhstan for the EU.
Secondly, it aims identifying and highlighting controversial and paradoxical issue related to the EU democracy promotion objectives, focus and outcomes.
Finally, it aims highlighting factors that might impede or facilitate European democracy promotion in Kazakhstan. For this purpose, the chapter aims answering the following research questions:
- How is the EU involved in Kazakhstan?
- To what extent is Kazakhstan strategically important for the EU?
- To what extent are the EU rhetoric and actions consistent with each other?
- What factors might impede or facilitate EU democracy promotion in Kazakhstan?
The chapter is structured as follows: it starts with an analytical overview of the EU involvement in Kazakhstan with descending focus from the EU’s general external action policy to regional Central Asian and specific Kazakhstani policies.
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Michael Sadler LG 19