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EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements: Fairness, transparency and sustainability

EU-Vietnam Free Trade and Investment Protection Agreements: Fairness, transparency and sustainability

17/02/2020 On 12 February 2020, the European Parliament approved the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA). The former, approved with 401 votes in favour, 192 against and 40 abstentions, ensures predictable preferential access to their respective markets. The latter, with 407 votes in favour, 188 contrary and 53 abstained, guarantees that

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EIAS Observes Uzbekistan Parliamentary Elections

EIAS Observes Uzbekistan Parliamentary Elections

Representatives of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) participated in the 2019 election process as independent observers in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. These elections – the first since Shavkat Mirziyoyev was elected president in 2016 – were held under the slogan “New Uzbekistan – New Elections” and are presented as a milestone in the implementation of

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Note of Comment on the Visit of President Mirziyoyev to Japan

Note of Comment on the Visit of President Mirziyoyev to Japan

20/12/2019 In terms of investment and cooperation in Central Asia, China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has dominated the economic landscape of Eurasia, largely overshadowing the efforts of other active parties. The enormous scale of the BRI commands the attention of governments, press circles and analysts alike. It is as such, an important challenge facing

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Review of Peace Pipelines: Safe Logistics of the TAPI Pipeline

Review of Peace Pipelines: Safe Logistics of the TAPI Pipeline

2/12/2019 The end of 2019 is well suited for the review of “peace pipelines”. Pakistan is one of the host countries of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline which enables Turkmenistan to transport gas from the Galkynysh field through Herat, Kandahar (Afghanistan) and Quetta (Pakistan) to Fazilka (India). Pakistan also expressed firm support for the Iran-Pakistan (IP)

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Uzbekistan Hosts Second Consultative Meeting of Central Asian Leaders

Uzbekistan Hosts Second Consultative Meeting of Central Asian Leaders

29/11/2019 The leaders of the five Central Asian republics met in Tashkent on 29 November for a historic summit. This is the second annual meeting of the heads of state after the first was held in Kazakhstan in March 2018. Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev is credited with providing the initiative for a formalised annual meeting

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Assessment of the 2019 Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka

Assessment of the 2019 Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka

28/11/2019 The conclusion of the eighth Sri Lankan Presidential elections on 16 November 2019, has sparked much concern for the democracy of the nation and its people. According to the official results, the election drew to a close with opposition candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) claiming victory, receiving 52.25 percent

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EIAS hosts roundtable on Strengthening EU-Viet Nam Defence and Security Cooperation

EIAS hosts roundtable on Strengthening EU-Viet Nam Defence and Security Cooperation

27/11/2019 On November 21, the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) hosted a closed-door roundtable on ‘Strengthening EU-Viet Nam Defence and Security Cooperation’. This event served as a platform to exchange views on cooperation from European and Vietnamese experts and officials, following the signing of the EU-Viet Nam Framework Participation Agreement (FPA) last month.  EIAS

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The (new) role of Western and Asian powers in Sudan after al-Bashir’s ousting

The (new) role of Western and Asian powers in Sudan after al-Bashir’s ousting

25/11/2019 11 April 2019 marked a turning point in Sudan’s history with the ousting of al-Bashir, ending his 30-year-long de facto totalitarian rule. Despite Sudan being endowed with large oil wealth, the Sudanese government under al-Bashir faced difficulties in strengthening and diversifying the country’s economy. The mismanagement of the oil industry and its revenues, along

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