TURSUNMURATOV T.M. Political and Legal Bases of Foreign Policy Activity of the European Union in the Region of Central Asia

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2017.4.15

Turdimurat M. Tursunmuratov

Candidate of Sciences (Politics), Vice Rector,

University Inha, Tashkent,

Ziyolilar St., 9, 100170 Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan

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Abstract. The author analyses the European Union’s foreign policy in Central Asia. He indicates the basic tendencies of development of the EU cooperation with the countries of Central Asian region. Further, the author analyzes the implementation of joint projects within the framework adopted by the Partnership Agreements. Based on a critical analysis, the researcher highlights a number of constraints to effective development of relations between the EU and Central Asian states. He carries out a structural analysis of conceptual documents of the European Union for the development of bilateral and multilateral relations with Central Asian countries in the region.

Scientific novelty of this work lies in the systematization of stages in the evolution of relations between the European Union and the countries of Central Asia. The author divides the formation of cooperation into four main stages.

The first stage of the relations between the EU and the countries of Central Asia includes conceptual framework of the legal regulatory structure of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

The second stage is characterized by the realization of a number of joint projects in the field of transport communications, democratic transformations, regional security and stability.

The third stage of the relations is determined by acquiring of special geographical significance of the region of Central Asia resulting from the engagement of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2001.

The fourth stage has begun in 2015 with the adoption of the EU Strategy for a New Partnership with Central Asia for 2017-2021.

These studies serve as a basis for developing some important proposals and recommendations for the improvement of the effectiveness of cooperation between the parties.

Key words: European Union, Central Asia, foreign policy, law, foreign policy strategy, technical assistance.

Citation. Tursunmuratov T.M. Political and Legal Bases of Foreign Policy Activity of the European Union in the Region of Central Asia. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Serija 4, Istorija. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnoshenija [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2017, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 162-168. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2017.4.1.

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