01 Sep 2017 - 30 Nov 2018

Enhancing cooperation among Central Asia researchers in the Visegrad countries

Project description:

The on-going fundamental geopolitical, geoeconomic transformations in the region of Central Asia (CA) as well as in its individual countries create new opportunities and challenges for the Visegrad countries. The project has identified a niche for closer cooperation among the V4 countries within the broader framework of the common foreign and security policy of the EU. The project will strengthen the ability of V4 countries to take advantage of their geographic position to promote their economic interests and fully use the new opportunities offered by the fundamental geopolitical and geoeconomic changes in CA, including the One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. The project will help elevate the role of Visegrad countries in the elaboration and effective implementation of the new Central Asia Strategy of the EU in areas where they have a clear comparative advantage.

Objectives of the project:

The project aims to further extend cooperation among V4 countries in CA where so far this has not existed and where they have clearly identified shared interests. This is not only in line with the concept of V4 cooperation but would further enrich this cooperation by initiating joint strategic research. Researchers set up an informal network of research institutes and think tanks to ensure sustainability after the conclusion of the project

Project funding: International Visegrad Fund

Project leader: Corvinus Center for Central Asia Research

Project partners: CASE, Charles University, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association