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EU Foreign Assistance to Kyrgyz Republic: Value-Centricity vs Political Prаgmatism

Student: Rustam Isabekov

Supervisor: Maxim Bratersky

Faculty: Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs

Educational Programme: International Relations: European and Asian Studies (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This piece of writing provides an overview of the EU-Kyrgyz relations lasting from independence. The research question of master dissertation is how EU puts its normative agenda in delivery of the foreign assistance. To respond following question, the paper starts from the main projects of collaboration between EU and Kyrgyzstan. Starting from The EU and Central Asia: Strategy for a New Partnership, writing shifts to the regional projects implemented by EU on the regional bases. Additionally, this dissertation provides assessment and evaluation from EU bodies and officials. Concluding remark is expressed through the critique of the Strategy. Following paper provides additional research of the regional cooperation in the framework of TACIS, TRACECA, BOMCA, CADAP and INOGATE. The discussion concludes by the critique of the Strategy from which the research question was derived. To understand premise of EU normative agenda, paper examines cooperation on the bilateral level among EU and Kyrgyzstan. The research evidences show that normative agenda became so implicit that it is paltry present. Additional evidence presents that bilateral EU-Kyrgyzstan cooperation misleads the very notion of normative agenda. Basically, it condemns that normative agenda has been shifted to real politik issues such as security, energy and stability. Partially existing cooperation outcome is influenced by domestic politics of the Kyrgyz Republic. Accordingly, semi-democratic development of the Kyrgyz Republic provokes misuse of financial assistance from EU.

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