The Elgar Companion to the Eurasian Economic Union


The Elgar Companion to the Eurasian Economic Union

9781800374997 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alexander Libman, Professor of Russian and East European Politics, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and Evgeny Vinokurov, Chief Eсonomist, Eurasian Development Bank, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80037 499 7 Extent: 286 pp
This insightful Companion provides an in-depth, systematic analysis of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), an economic union of several post-Soviet Eurasian states.

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This insightful Companion provides an in-depth, systematic analysis of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), an economic union of several post-Soviet Eurasian states.

Bringing together an international collective of established academic experts on the EAEU and Eurasian regionalism, the editors showcase a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds on the EAEU to reflect its complex reality. The Companion reviews the available evidence on the EAEU, examining its evolution, governance, policies, and outlook as well as delving into key theoretical and policy debates on this particularly contested regional organization. Taking stock of the tectonic changes occurring in the post-Soviet Eurasia, it highlights potential gaps in the collective knowledge and discusses possible scenarios for the future of the EAEU.

Exploring the EAEU’s impact on trade, migration, and foreign direct investment in the post-Soviet Eurasia, this astute Companion will prove indispensable to academics and researchers in the fields of political science and economics, particularly those with an interest in Russian and Eurasian studies and comparative regionalism. Its analysis of the challenges the EAEU is currently facing will also benefit think tank analysts with a focus on Russia, China, Central Asia, and Eurasia in general.

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‘''The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is woefully under-researched in the West, despite the efforts of myself and a small group of researchers. Alexander Libman and Evgeny Vinokurov, along with their contributors, have just made our job immensely easier with this book. Detailing the EAEU’s workings, its challenges, its external relations, and its possible future, this volume will be an invaluable reference source for scholars of the region and those with an interest in authoritarian integration.''
– Christopher A. Hartwell, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

‘This is a well-integrated collection of chapters on key dimensions and dilemmas of the Eurasian Economic Union. The authors demonstrate that, despite the highly disruptive effects of the war in Ukraine and other challenges, the organization remains essential in organizing the large post-Soviet region.’
– Andrei P. Tsygankov, San Francisco State University, US

Contributors include: Tom Casier, Barbara Fritz, Andrea Gawrich, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Marcin Kaczmarski, Alexander Knobel, Dmitrii Kofanov, Andrei Korobkov, Alexander Libman, Anton Malakhov, Laurissa Mühlich, Murad Nasibov, Vladimir Pereboev, Jacopo Maria Pepe, Nikita Pyzhikov, Alessandra Russo, Richard Sakwa, Federico Salvati, Philipp Schröder, Taras Tsukarev, Evgeny Vinokurov, Viachaslau Yarashevich

1 Introduction to The Elgar Companion to the Eurasian Economic Union 1
Evgeny Vinokurov

2 What is Eurasia and Eurasianism? 13
Dmitrii Kofanov and Yoshiko M. Herrera
3 From the Customs Union to the Eurasian Economic Union 27
Richard Sakwa

4 Trade, customs union, and the EAEU common external tariff 41
Alexander Knobel and Nikita Pyzhikov
5 Functional markets of the EAEU: selected case studies 58
Viachaslau Yarashevich
6 Mutual foreign direct investments in the EAEU 78
Anton Malakhov and Evgeny Vinokurov
7 Labor markets and migration 91
Andrei Korobkov
8 Crisis finance in Eurasia: the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development 107
Barbara Fritz and Laurissa Mühlich
9 EAEU institutions 121
Vladimir Pereboev and Taras Tsukarev

10 EAEU and thse European Union 137
Tom Casier
11 EAEU and Belt and Road Initiative 152
Marcin Kaczmarski
12 EAEU and other post-Soviet integration organizations 162
Murad Nasibov and Andrea Gawrich
13 EAEU and Greater Eurasia: mission impossible? 176
Jacopo Maria Pepe

14 EAEU and authoritarian regionalism 191
Alessandra Russo
15 Power asymmetries and integration process: challenges ahead for the EAEU 207
Federico Salvati
16 EAEU and economic sanctions 226
Alexander Libman
17 “Made in Kyrgyzstan”: an ethnographic exploration of “new
entrepreneurs” entering the Eurasian Economic Union 239
Philipp Schröder
18 Conclusion: Eurasian Economic Union at the crossroads 251
Alexander Libman
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