The Central Asian Five (Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan)—having no outlet to the World Ocean and locked in a continental space between the Caspian Sea in the west and China in the east, Russia in the north, and Iran and Afghanistan in the south—are still inertially within the Russian sphere of influence, weakened by the war against Ukraine. At the same time, the region is of rising strategic importance for the interests of global players such as the EU and China.

The Centre for Global Studies "Strategy XXI" presents to your attention the research "CENTRAL ASIA—THE EUROPEAN UNION (+UKRAINE): PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES," which became the fifth in a series of analytical notes written within the framework of the project "Strengthening analytical decision-making capabilities in the field of foreign policy with the help of civil society," which is implemented by the Center for International Security with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Representation in Ukraine in 2022.

The research was first published on the analytical platform of the Project. 

Authors: Mykhailo Gonchar, Oksana Ishchuk, Sergii Lesniak

The EU has considerable interests in Central Asia, given both its strategic role as a link between Europe and Asia and its vast mineral and energy resources. In fact, the resources of Central Asia are of paramount significance to the EU. Although the market potential of the region with 70 million people is not as substantial as that of China or India, the population is growing rapidly. Along with this, migration challenges for the EU are also mounting, in particular in the context of the consequences of Russia’s aggressive policy towards its neighbors, the situation in Afghanistan and Iran. 

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