Emerson to EU: Focus More on Eurasia, Less on Central Asia

The European Union's Central Asia strategy should be

or altogether scrapped in favor of a bigger Eurasian strategy, Michael Emerson writes in a commentary piece published by the Center for European Policy Studies. The associate senior research fellow argues that while Central Asia is at the geographic center of Europe and Asia, it has no real weight on the issues concerning the two regions. He adds that the EU's foreign policy strategy should focus more on China, Russia, India and other emerging and re-emerging powers in the Eurasian landmass instead of the landlocked countries of Central Asia.

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