The Value of Alternatives:
The Value of Alternatives:

Why the EU is Indispensable to Central Asian Security

by Luba von Hauff | Central Asia, European Union

Central Asia’s pronounced security risks concern many international actors, not least because of the potential for radical ideologies to gain a foothold in the region’s communities. Against this background, Luba von Hauff highlights the EU’s particular value added to the region, reflecting on how European policy can further build up its impact on the local security situation for the time to come.

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