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The European Union’s New Strategy for Central Asia: An Early Assessment with Fabienne Bossuyt @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Apr 23 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Although the European Union’s engagement with Central Asia has remained limited, the EU’s role in the region has evolved from an invisible and arguably ineffective donor to that of a full-fledged actor over the past fifteen years. Nevertheless, the EU still punches below its weight in the region. Because the EU’s strategy for Central Asia, developed in 2007, became increasingly outdated and subject to criticism from a wide range of stakeholders, a new strategy will be launched in May 2019. In this talk, Fabienne Bossuyt provides an early assessment of this new strategy. She evaluates whether the new strategy enables the EU to optimize its role as an external actor in Central Asia and ensure that the EU’s involvement in the region produces tangible and lasting results, effectively contributing to the sustainable development.

*Chatham House Rule applies*

Fabienne Bossuyt is Assistant Professor at the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University (Belgium). Her main area of expertise is EU’s relations with Central Asia. Her current research projects focus on aspects of the EU’s relations with and policies towards Central Asia and other post Soviet countries, including democracy promotion, development policy and human rights promotion. She is currently coediting a book on the EU-Russia relationship (Brill), as well as a book on the EU’s and China’s engagement with Central Asia (Routledge). She has been involved in the preparation of the EU’s new strategy for Central Asia, including as rapporteur for the EU Special Representative for Central Asia and as policy advisor, inter alia, for the German and French MFAs.


Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy: Institutions, Informality, and Believers @ Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
Apr 29 @ 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Russia’s Islamic Diplomacy: Institutions, Informality, and Believers @ Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
9:30-11:00am Panel 1. Russia and Islamic Institutions Abroad
Mark N. Katz (George Mason University)
Always Looming: The Russian Muslim Factor in Moscow’s Relations with Gulf Arab States
Clement Therme (International Institute for Strategic Studies)
Russia and the Islamic worlds: the case of Shia Islam
Denis Sokolov (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
Political Groups in Russia’s Islamic Clergy and their Activities at the Regional, National, and International Level
11:00-11:30am Coffee Break
11:30-1:00pm Panel 2. Russia’s Religious Para-Diplomacy
Guzel Yusupova (Durham University)
Tatarstan’s Paradiplomacy with the Islamic world
Jean-Francois Ratelle (Ottawa University)
A Kadyrovization of Russian Foreign Policy In the Middle East: Autocrats in Track-two Diplomacy and other Humanitarian Activities
Marlene Laruelle (The George Washington University)
Russia’s Soft Power toward the Muslim World
1:00-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-3:15 pm Panel 3. Identity, Economics and Politics of the Hajj from Russia
Mikhail A. Alexseev (San Diego State University)
Effect of the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca on Socio-Political Views of Muslims in Russia’s North Caucasus
Sufian N. Zhemukhov (The George Washington University)
Hajj in Russia: State Policy and Industry Management
Azat Akhunov (Kazan Federal University)
The Economics of Hajj: The Case of Tatarstan
The Initiative “Islam in Russia, Russia in the Islamic World” is generously funded
by the Henry Luce Foundation