Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Regional implications of NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan: What role for the EU?

By Clare Castillejo (24/02/2012) Policy Brief
The U.S. Army/Flickr

Regional powers will determine the future of Afghanistan post-2014. This policy brief examines the different interests of Afghanistan's neighbours and asks how the EU could encourage them to play a more positive role.

EU Human Rights and Democratisation Assistance to Central Asia

By Vera Axyonova (27/01/2012) Policy Brief

Central Asia is a difficult region for the EU to promote its values. What measures could be taken to strengthen current assistance mechanisms?

Pakistan's Crisis: What Role for the EU?

By Clare Castillejo (02/12/2011) Policy Brief

This first policy brief of FRIDE’s Agora Asia-Europe initiative suggests how the EU should increase its efforts to mitigate Pakistan’s growing stability.

'Donetsk rules' and the looming crisis with Ukraine

By Balázs Jarábik (14/11/2011) Policy Brief
The Council of the European Union

After the Tymoshenko trial, Ukraine’s 2012 ‘Year of Europe’ is set to be a ‘Year of Conflict’ with the EU.

Promises and hurdles in EU-Kazakhstan energy cooperation

By (07/11/2011) Other publications

Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister, Karim Massimov, once referred to energy cooperation as the ‘core’ of relations between his country and the European Union (EU). Indeed, there is great mutual interest in this area. Six percent of the EU’s crude oil imports and 16 percent of its uranium imports come from Kazakhstan. For Kazakhstani producers, access to European lucrative and reliable markets is of utmost importance.

Human security in Central Asia: can the EU help out?

olaf kellerhoff/Flickr

The European Union is a security actor in Central Asia, although one of modest proportion. This does not dispense with the need for the EU to provide a better security narrative, especially in light of its growing emphasis on human security.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

FRIDE ceased its think tank activities on 31st December 2015 for economic reasons. The Board of Trustees had to take this difficult decision since, despite many efforts to diversify its funding sources, FRIDE cannot sustain its think tank operations with a view to 2016 and beyond.

Established in 1999, FRIDE has made a major contribution to shape debate on Europe’s external activities in an increasingly challenging international environment. It has covered issues ranging from democracy and human rights to sustainable development, new approaches to multilateral cooperation and security affairs. FRIDE’s long-standing focus on the extended neighbourhood of the European Union proves today all the more relevant given widespread turbulence in the region. FRIDE’s emphasis on the importance of the values framing Europe’s external activities is central to current political debates in Europe and beyond. This shows the need for continued engagement in the pursuit of a common European foreign policy that is both effective and informed by the core values of European integration.

The Board wishes to thank Diego Hidalgo, FRIDE’s founder, for his tireless commitment and very generous support for many years. The Board also wishes to thank FRIDE’s dedicated staff, the members of the Board and the Advisory Committee for their contribution in making FRIDE one of the top foreign policy think tanks in Europe. We are very grateful to all those who have supported FRIDE’s work and projects over the years and we thank the many partners from all parts of the world who have worked with FRIDE on joint initiatives. We hope that FRIDE’s extensive input to the debate on Europe in the world will continue to inform thinking and action at a very critical time for Europe’s future.

The President of the Board

FRIDE cesó sus actividades como think tank el 31 de diciembre de 2015 por razones económicas. El Patronato tuvo que adoptar esta difícil decisión dado que, a pesar de los intensos esfuerzos realizados para diversificar sus fuentes de financiación, FRIDE no puede sostener sus operaciones como think tank a partir de 2016.

Establecido en 1999, FRIDE ha realizado una gran contribución al debate sobre las actividades exteriores de Europa en un ambiente internacional cada vez más complejo. Ha trabajado en temas que van desde la democracia y los derechos humanos al desarrollo sostenible, los nuevos enfoques en la cooperación multilateral y las cuestiones de seguridad. La atención prestada por FRIDE a la vecindad extendida de la Unión Europea durante mucho tiempo prueba ser hoy aún más relevante debido a la turbulencia que azota a la región. El énfasis de FRIDE en la importancia de los valores que enmarcan las actividades exteriores europeas es central en los debates en Europa y más allá. Esto muestra la necesidad de un compromiso continuo con la búsqueda de una política exterior europea común que sea eficaz y esté basada en los principios fundamentales de la integración europea.

El Patronato desea agradecer a Diego Hidalgo, fundador de FRIDE, por su incansable compromiso y muy generoso apoyo a lo largo de tantos años. También quiere expresar su gratitud a la dedicada plantilla, a los propios miembros del Patronato y del Comité Asesor por sus contribuciones para hacer de FRIDE uno de los principales think tanks de Europa en cuestiones de política exterior. Estamos muy agradecidos con todos aquellos que han apoyado el trabajo y los proyectos de FRIDE a través de los años y también damos las gracias a los numerosos socios de todas partes del mundo que han colaborado con FRIDE en iniciativas conjuntas. Esperamos que las extensas aportaciones de FRIDE al debate sobre Europa en el mundo continuará informando el pensamiento y la acción en un momento muy crítico para el futuro de Europa.

El Presidente del Patronato

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