Negotiated health diplomacy: A case study of the EU and central Asia

Neil Collins, Kristina Bekenova, Ainur Kagarmanova

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In the soft-power context, health is increasingly seen as an area that generates particular diplomatic benefits, because it is ostensibly non-political and can bring both immediate and long-term advantages to the donor and the recipient country equally. The endeavours of individual member states of the European Union (EU) and the input of the EU itself in Central Asia are examined to see the extent to which the initiatives in health-related areas form part of a wider diplomatic strategy and whether their effectiveness is related to the means by which the planned improved health outcomes are achieved. This article seeks to draw lessons from the European experience to increase understanding of the role of health in global diplomacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-456
Number of pages25
JournalThe Hague Journal of Diplomacy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Central Asia
  • European Union
  • Health cooperation
  • Health diplomacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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