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ENC Analysis: “Kazakhstan’s Presidential elections: field observation from the industrial heartland on the Caspian”

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ENC Analysis: “Kazakhstan’s Presidential elections: field observation from the industrial heartland on the Caspian”

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis titled “Kazakhstan’s Presidential elections: field observation from the industrial heartland on the Caspian”.

This article is written by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director and expert in Turkey and the Middle East. He oversees ENC research projects across the neighbourhood and Central Asia. Within the context of the recent elections, Mr. Doveri Vesterbye reports on the findings from the electoral observation and field-interviews conducted at 7 out of 35 polling stations in Zhanaozen, a small de-industrialised oil-town close to the Caspian coast. In addition, a complimentary analysis about Kazakhstan’s current socio-economic situation is given, focusing particularly on the momentum gained from the signing of the EU-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) and the new EU-Central Asia Strategy, which was released in 2019.

 

The full analysis is available here.

ENC Analysis: Turkey and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization One Night Stand, Passing Flirt or True Love?

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ENC Analysis: Turkey and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization One Night Stand, Passing Flirt or True Love?

The European Neighbourhood Council releases its new analysis entitled “Turkey and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: One Night Stand, Passing Flirt or True Love?”.

The ENC Analysis is written by Dr. Nicola P. Contessi, ENC Academic Council Member and a specialist in international affairs. In this article, he explains Turkey’s ambiguous attitude towards the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Is Ankara drifting away from the Euro-Atlantic fold? Is it living up to the “multi-dimensional and multi-track foreign policy”? Or does Turkey rather aim to improve its bargaining leverage in the lingering negotiations on EU membership?

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ENC Analysis: Changing donor-NGO relations in Tajikistan

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ENC Analysis: Changing donor-NGO relations in Tajikistan

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Changing donor-NGO relations in Tajikistan”.

The ENC Analysis is written by Dr. Karolina Kluczewska, ENC Academic Council Member and post-doctoral research fellow for the GLOBALCONTEST project by the CERAL research Centre at the University of Paris 13.  In this publication, she describes the evolution of the changing donor-NGO relations in Tajikstan. Eventually, the positive donor-NGO relations transformed into asymmetric power relations, characterised by subordination and exploitation of NGOs by donors. Because of these negative developments, mistrust is created between the two parties, which has significantly limited the agency of local NGOs in development work.

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ENC Analysis: Russia and Serbia: Between Brotherhood and Self-Serving Agendas

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ENC Analysis: Russia and Serbia: Between Brotherhood and Self-Serving Agendas

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Russia and Serbia: Between Brotherhood and Self-Serving Agendas”.

The ENC Analysis is written by Dr. Radeljic, ENC Academic Council Member and Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of East London. In this article, he depicts the similarities and the differences between Russia’s and Serbia’s stance towards the Balkans and Kosovo.

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ENC Analysis – The role of Education in women’s radicalization process

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ENC Analysis – The role of Education in women’s radicalization process

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “The role of education in women’s radicalisation process“.

The ENC Analysis is written by Dr. Eva Saenz-Diez, ENC Academic Council Member and researcher at GERMAC (Study and Research Group on the Contemporary Arab World) at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). She analyzes the role of education through the Arab world and she examines how education and religious discourse can induce to radicalization.

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ENC Analysis-Devolution in Moldova: Gagauzia and Transnistria in Focus

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The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Devolution in Moldova: Gagauzia and Transnistria in Focus

The ENC Analysis is authored by Larisa Patlis, ENC Academic Council Member, and Professor at Free International University of Moldova (ULIM), who focuses on the processes of decentralization and unresolved political conflict in Moldova with the separatist region of Transnistria which opens up new challenges for devolution.

The full analysis is available here.

ENC Analysis-Russian Cyberwarfare Capabilities: Assessing the Threat for Ukraine’s Critical Infrastructure

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ENC Analysis-Russian Cyberwarfare Capabilities: Assessing the Threat for Ukraine’s Critical Infrastructure

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Russian Cyberwarfare Capabilities: Assessing the Threat for Ukraine’s Critical Infrastructure

This ENC Analysis is authored by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Robert Kothe, ENC Research Assistant and identifies cyber threats coming from Russia targeting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and explains how malicious software infiltrate and affect vital sectors including energy distribution, transport, banking, financial market, and drinking water supply.  The final objective of the study is to provide recommendations with the aim to enhance the EU’s critical infrastructure cyber resilience, as well as Ukraine’s through cooperation including lessons learnt from each other.

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Migration can only be tackled by the EU as a whole, by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and Ilhan Kyuchyuk

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 Migration can only be tackled by the EU as a whole

In their present article, ENC’s Managing Director Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and ALDE Vice President and Member of the European Parliament, Ilhan Kyuchyuk discuss the increased complexity of the migration issue. Based on the results of comprehensive research on European citizens, they reached a conclusion which offers  three considerations for Europeans; an improved and shared European border control, a more coherent foreign and security policy, and a fair distribution of refugees among countries. Their opinion piece (op-ed) on the subject was published online on EurActiv.

Read the full article here: https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/opinion/migration-can-only-be-tackled-by-the-eu-as-a-whole/

ENC Analysis: “Ensuring Security in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: New Formats for EU/NATO Cooperation with Ukraine”

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ENC Analysis: “Ensuring Security in Ukraine and Eastern Europe: New Formats for EU/NATO Cooperation with Ukraine”

This ENC Analysis is authored by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, Mykhailo Gonchar, Andreas Marazis and Vitalii Martyniuk. The European Neighbourhood Council and the Centre for Global Studies ”Strategy XXI”, with support of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine, organised the two-day conference on the 30-31 May 2018 in Kyiv. Based on the results of the conference, this report examines the EU-NATO cooperation in relation to Ukraine with the aim of further embedding the country’s security.

Preparing for a New Blueprint in EU-Turkey Relations?

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Preparing for a New Blueprint in EU-Turkey Relations?

Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC’s Managing Director, wrote an article on deteriorating EU-Turkey relations.

Turkey’s EU accession has lost its significance over the past decade. Today, distorted incentive mechanisms govern relations between Ankara and Brussels, often altering rational policymaking. It is in the interest of both sides that existing structures remain in place until better ones replace or complement them. In the meantime, change is necessary to correct outdated structures that  encourage rivalry, and turn bilateral and multilateral relations with Turkey into uncalculated time bombs. Although migration and counter-terrorism play an important role, a new blueprint for a sustainable partnership necessitate a wider scope, including business support, trust, and respect for each sides’ priorities. A reformed Customs Union, energy cooperation, and coordination on geo-regional foreign policy areas like Iraq may prove useful.

The full article from the Turkish Policy Quarterly is available in PDF Format here.

Furthermore, the abridged version of the article is available here.