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EU and Central Asia cooperation: reality checks, lessons learned and ways ahead
On 30 January 2015 the EUISS, in cooperation with the Latvian EU Presidency and the Institute for European Politics in Berlin, organised the conference 'EU and Central Asia cooperation: reality checks, lessons learned and ways ahead'. Three plenary sessions addressed the region´s geopolitical environment; specific national and regional challenges; and the strengths and weaknesses of the EU´s approach to the region to date. With a view to the coming review of the EU´s Central Asia strategy, participants also discussed future priority areas and cooperation frameworks. Speakers included representatives from the EEAS, ambassadors from selected member states, former EUSR Pierre Morel, as well as individuals from universities, think tanks and civil society. A concluding panel that featured the five ambassadors of the individual Central Asian republics also ensured that voices from the region itself were included in the deliberations – and contributed to a thought-provoking conference that was attended by more than 120 people.