1st Edition

Value Chains Transformation and Transport Reconnection in Eurasia Geo-economic and Geopolitical Implications

By Jacopo Maria Pepe Copyright 2021
    80 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    80 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the geo-economic and geopolitical impact of value chains transformation on the transport-logistic reintegration of continental Eurasian countries, with a specific focus on the members of the Eurasian Economic Union.

    The author assesses the potential impact of current trends (global value chains fragmentation and decoupling) on Eurasian transport integration. The book combines in-depth analysis of the evolution of value chains and transport-logistics corridors across Eurasia with a geopolitical assessment of its implications for the EAEU’s members’ foreign and economic policy orientation. The author explores three key arguments: (1) the key to a successful and sustainable integration of the transport space of continental Eurasia is less the ongoing expansion of transcontinental transit, and more the participation in intraregional and transregional cross-border value chains, even though this process is increasingly tied to the question of the geopolitical and geo-economic orientation of continental Eurasia; (2) even in a more regionalised world economy, the economic complementarities between continental Eurasia and the two manufacturing blocks at the edges of the supercontinent, Europe and Asia, represent the greatest chance for continental Eurasia for larger participation in high value-added value chains; and (3) without diversifying trade and financial ties across Asia and normalising relations with the EU, the combined effect of shifting value chains location across the continent and China’s ambiguous and flexible transport politics might turn an unprecedented chance into risk, augmenting competition among and within countries which are members of the EAEU over traffic volume, FDI, value chain participation, and ultimately geopolitical and geo-economic dividends.

    This book will be of interest to scholars and students of IR Theory, IPE, Geopolitics and Regional Studies, as well as the related subfields of transport geography, economic geography, and logistics.


    1.Transport Integration and Value Chains in Continental Eurasia: Limits and Potential

    2. The ‘Continentalisation’ of Value Chains: An Opportunity for Eurasia Transport Integration

    3. The Impact on East–West Transit Corridors: Between Integration and Competition

    4. Deepening Trade Ties with Asia: The Future of Eurasia Transport Integration?

    5. COVID-19 and the Evolving EU-China Relation: Game Changer for Eurasia Transport Integration?

    Conclusion: Geopolitical and Geo-economic Implications


    Jacopo Maria Pepe served until the end of 2020 as a Research Associate in the Global Issues Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, Germany. His areas of expertise include: Global and Regional Connectivity, Transport, Logistics, Energy Policy, Value and Supply Chains, Trade in Eurasia (including Eastern Europe and China), Regional Cooperation and Alliances (EAEU, BRI), the Eastern Partnership, and Global Governance / International Order.