Central Asia reemerged from the collapse of the USSR in 1991 as one of the political and security challenging regions, intensifying the struggle among competing powers. The region's natural resources and strategic importance on anti-terrorism are critical for EU striving to achieve a global great power. But restricted by geo-politics, EU has not become a strategic player in Central Asia. The only legal framework of EU-Central Asian bilateral relations was the “Partnership and Cooperation Agreement” (PCA) since 1999, lacking a complete strategic vision uo tp today. In November 2003, the Georgian “Rose revolution” broke out, thus initiated a chain reaction in the former Soviet states. The EU strategy towards Central Asia once again shifts into focus. From the concept of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), this research project will examine the EU's strategy towards Central Asia in political, economic and security aspects. The goal is to clarify the role of EU in the great power politics, and further sketch the prospect of the EU strategic ploy in Central Asia.
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