THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A DEMOCRATIZING ACTOR IN EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA: WHAT HAS BEEN DONE AND WHAT WENT WRONG?

THURSDAY,  16 OCTOBER
17:30–18:30 / HALL #2
NEW BUILDING / KIMEP

By Vera Axyonova
Fulda University (Germany)

The European Union (EU) is commonly seen among the world’s leading democratizers. Over the past decades, the EU has developed a range of foreign policy instruments to promote democracy and human rights beyond its borders. However, the success of its democratization efforts remains questionable in the countries that lack the EU membership perspective. The present talk will shed the light on the functioning of the EU democratization policy, comparing its efforts across a range of post-communist states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Vera Axyonova is researcher at the Centre for Intercultural and European Studies, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and associate researcher with Europe-Central Asia Monitoring program. She has received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen and currently pursues several projects in the field of security and democratization studies.

 

 

NATO’S ENGAGEMENT WITH KAZAKHSTAN AND CENTRAL ASIA: POST-SUMMIT, POST-ISAF

THURSDAY, 9 OCTOBER
17:00–18:00 / HALL #237
VALIKHANOV BUILDING / KIMEP

1. “NATO’s engagement with Partners in Central Asia” by ALEXANDER VINNIKOV
(NATO Liaison Officer/Head of office, Central Asia)

2. “The results of the NATO Wales Summit and NATO’s future cooperation with Partners” by DESPINA AFENTOULI
(Programme Officer for Partnerships, Public Diplomacy Division, NATO HQ)

3. “NATO’s partnership with Kazakhstan” by TANYA HARTMAN
(Officer for Kazakhstan, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO HQ)

The speakers will present an overview of NATO’s cooperation with Kazakhstan and other partners in Central Asia, in the context of both the recent NATO Summit and the upcoming end of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan.