Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Program

After SEnECA has come to an end, the Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP) continues its engagement in Central Asia, the Southern Caucasus and Eastern Europe with the “Eurasia Lab & Fellowship Program”. It connects its different networks (as e.g. the SEnECA network) and integrates them with other already existing networks. Thus, the program creates one […]

EURASIAN INSIGHTS Conference in Ghent

Call for applications is now OPEN – closes on 20 October 2020 Held in Ghent (in Flanders, Belgium) from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March 2021, the purposes of the event are threefold: Firstly, to bring together scholars, students, interested members of the public and policymakers working on or interested in the Central Asian region to interact and, as such, strengthen […]

Rising Citizen Activism in Kazakhstan: Hope for Change? *

Kazakhstan has always been considered as one of the success stories in Central Asia, aiming for the top-30 most developed countries while being criticized by the international community for violation of human rights and freedoms. Nowadays when the nation is overwhelmingly fighting COVID-19, the Kazakh government rushed the new ‘Protest Law’ during lockdown, undermining freedom […]

The EU Should Strengthen GDPR-driven Data Protection Activities in Central Asia

Raising awareness among professionals and individuals regarding the GDPR requirements on one hand, and educating citizens about digital rights and data protection, on the other, should become the benchmark for Central Asian countries. While developing their own way in addressing data protection, Central Asia combines elements of the Russian and Chinese concepts of ‘sovereign internet’, […]

SEnECA has come to an end in December 2019

SEnECA’s overall aim was to strengthen and energize the relations between the EU and Central Asia during its two-year-duration and beyond. To achieve this, the consortium, including all five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) has established best practices for researching together in a multinational network and generated expert advice for implementing […]

Heavenly spheres above Samarkand and Gdańsk

Probably no other scientific discipline shows the importance of Central Asia for the development of European civilization better than astronomy. In its relations with Central Asia, the EU often evokes the idea of the Silk Road placing Central Asia merely as a “stopover” on the route between China and Europe. However, the EU should take […]

SEnECA panel at the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Zagreb, 28.11.2019

On 28 November 2019, SEnECA organised a panel on the topic “Challenges for the EU connectivity in its immediate neighbourhood and in Central Asia – energy security and sustainability” in the framework of the TEPSA Pre-Presidency Conference in Zagreb. Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy general director of the European Commission´s Directorate General on Mobility and Transport […]

Impressions of the SEnECA Final Conference, Brussels, 14-15 November 2019

The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) organized the SEnECA Final Conference “What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?” in Brussels on 14 and 15 November 2019. The event was the concluding conference of the Horizon 2020 project „SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations“. It aimed at […]

EU’s growing role in Kyrgyzstan: the impact of EU’s Central Asia Strategy

The cooperation with the European Union is a top priority for Kyrgyzstan. This has been highlighted in both policy documents and public statements of the country’s leadership during their foreign visits for already three decades. These statements reflect the reality as the EU’s activities in Kyrgyzstan have covered virtually all possible spheres – the EU […]

Invitation to the SEnECA Final Conference “What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?” Brussels, 14-15 November 2019

Organised by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre international de formation européene (CIFE), the conference of the Horizon 2020 project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations” will take place in Square Brussels Convention Center, Brussels, Belgium, on 14-15 November 2019. The conference is the final event of the two-year […]