ONE EURASIA OR MANY? Regional Interconnections and Connectivity Projects on the Eurasian Continent
One Eurasia or Many? sheds new light on Eurasian connectivity and regionalism before and after the pandemic.
The aim of this book is to critically review the processes of integration and region-building in Greater Eurasia. Integration is a broad term that covers any rise in economic and social interconnections, whether driven by top-down state policies (regionalism) or by the bottom-up activities of companies, individuals, and business networks (regionalization). Our main focus is on regionalism, i.e., institutional arrangements and frameworks created by Eurasian countries. Thus, we are interested not in surveying the bottom-up interconnections that are flourishing across Eurasia (i.e., trade networks or pipeline routes), but rather in analyzing the projects promoted by individual countries (or groups of countries) to foster economic integration in Eurasia. The book therefore focuses on the emerging intergovernmental institutional structure of Eurasian connectivity: it aims to discuss the existing projects, their ideational foundation, and their potential.