Uncharted waters: Presidential successions in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and counterpart Karimov of Uzbekistan have established and maintained a firm grip on their countries, but have not indicated who might succeed them in the future. Both processes will depend to a large degree on the redistribution of economic resources among political and business elites.


Modi’s moment? India’s 2014 elections

By Gauri Khandekar (04/04/2014) Policy Brief
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From April 7 to May 12 2014, India will hold parliamentary elections.  With 815 million eligible voters, 930,000 polling stations nation-wide and 1,616 national and regional parties, this election is mainly about change – in leadership, in political discourse, and in general attitudes and aspirations.


Bolstering the EU-Africa security partnership

By Clare Castillejo (01/04/2014) Commentary
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There has been little progress in the EU-Africa partnership in recent years. Despite low expectations, the EU-Africa summit provides an important opportunity to address the many gaps in the relationship.


The end of Russia’s Eurasian project

By Jos Boonstra (13/03/2014) Commentary
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Russia’s takeover of Crimea has reminded its neighbours in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia that – in Moscow’s eyes – they are post-Soviet states first and newly independent states second. This means that the Kremlin is prepared to use military force to safeguard essential interests and that it is willing to pay an international price for doing so.


No-win in Venezuela?

By Susanne Gratius (05/03/2014) Commentary
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After three weeks of bloody street protests and at least 17 deaths and 137 wounded, Venezuela is currently enduring the most violent phase of a long-running political conflict. Most international actors – the European Union, the United States and regional organisations such as the Organisation for American States (OAS) – have stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict between the government and the opposition.


Mapping EU-ASEAN relations

By Gauri Khandekar (05/03/2014) Book

This publication provides an in-depth review of the European Union’s (EU) relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and each of the 10 ASEAN member countries. While relations have progressed much in recent years, the two parties should build on the achievements so far and deepen their partnership to exploit its full potential.


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