Regional associations have become major players in international politics and economics. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), composed of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, is considered as a player which will strengthen the international influence and international trade of the post-socialist countries. It is intended to become a parallel association to the European Union.
This comprehensive volume considers the potential global role of the EEU. A major problem outlined is the balancing of relations between the EU and the West on the one hand, and China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on the other. The book explores the impact of the global crisis as well as a consideration of the EEU in the world system of states. It also examines the EEU’s relationship with other regional developments, in relation to the EU and to the outer circle of post-socialist states that joined neither the EU nor the EEU. It concludes by considering Eurasia in the Asian context, looking at the two central Asian countries (Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan), relations with China and the relationship between the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and the EEU.
This book was originally published as a special issue of European Politics and Society.
Preface David Lane Part I: Eurasia in a Global Context 1. How the Eurasian elites envisage the role of the EEU in global perspective Richard Sakwa 2. The global crisis and its impact on the Eurasian Economic Union Ruslan Dzarasov 3. The Eurasian Union and global value chains Elena Ustyuzhanina 4. Post-socialist regions in the world system David Lane Part II: The Eurasia Union and Regional Developments 5. Eastern partnership and the Eurasian Union: bringing ‘the political’ back in the eastern region Elena A. Korosteleva 6. The new Eurasia: post-Soviet space between Russia, Europe and China Vsevolod Samokhvalov Part III. Eurasia in the Asian Context 7. Eurasian Economic Union integration in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan Diana T. Kudaibergenova 8. The Eurasian Economic Union and China’s silk road: implications for the Russian–Chinese relationship Jeanne L. Wilson 9. Eurasian encounters: the Eurasian Economic Union and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Ivaylo Gatev and Glenn Diesen