Books and papers on Eurasian continental integration

Eurasian Integration: Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism. E.Vinokurov, A.Libman. Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

This book examines the major economic and political transitions currently taking place in the Eurasian continent. Vinokurov and Libman provide a detailed account of various aspects of Eurasian integration, looking at both its bright side (trade, investments and joint infrastructure) and dark side (trafficking humans and drugs and the spread of diseases) and linking it to waves of 'Eurasian exchanges' in the past. The authors explore how political reality adapts and shapes the changing networks of economic interconnections and delineate a concept of 'pragmatic Eurasianism' necessary for understanding these linkages and sharply contrasting to the heavily ideological views of Eurasia that often dominate the political and social discussions.


Two main perspectives are explored. One focuses on the political economy of Eurasian integration. Although economic interdependence between Eurasian countries is increasing, any formal or informal cross-border cooperation on the continent faces significant difficulties. The second perspective we take is more applied, concentrating on the specific industries in which trans-continental linkages exist and may exist in the future. It is argued that advancing towards continental Eurasian common markets, based on the development of common infrastructure, brings significant economic benefits.


“Vinokurov and Libman have pulled together a tremendous range of information and insight about Eurasian economic integration. Their eminently readable book tackles an important and timely topic, which lies at the heart of global economic and political transformation in the 21st century.” Johannes Linn, Brookings Institute. 

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Holding-Together Regionalism: 20 Years of Post-Soviet Integration. A.Libman, E.Vinokurov (2012). Basingtoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Within a single generation, the post-Soviet political, economic, and social landscape has changed immensely. The new structures – ranging from national power structures to a completely new economic reality based on the market instead of centralized planning – have come into existence. As 20 years have passed since the break-up of the Soviet Union, it seems timely to provide an overview, analysis and explanation of one of the most important and complex issues of the post-Soviet era, namely the (re-)integration of this highly interconnected region.


Offering a purely descriptive analysis of post-Soviet integration would, we feel, be too restrictive. Although we provide an overview here of political and economic developments over the last 20 years, the developments in the post-Soviet area demand an explanation. Why has post-Soviet integration been, on the whole, unsuccessful over the last two decades? Why did we have to wait almost 20 years for the first successful integration project, the ‘Troika’ Customs Union, to materialize? How can certain trends related to shared infrastructure, mutual trade and investment be explained? There are some exciting questions for the future, for example, what are the prospects and driving forces for the next 20 years? What is more desirable – an intensification or broadening of the Custom Union and the Common Economic Space? What is the optimal relationship between post-Soviet integration and the drive towards closer cooperation with the European Union and East and South Asia (that is, essentially, Eurasian integration)?  These are just a few of the questions which we address within the theoretical framework of what we refer to as “holding-together integration”.

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Evraziyskaya kontinentalnaya integracia [Eurasian Continental Integration]. E.Vinokurov, A.Libman (2012). EDB: Saint Petersburg. In Russian. 

This monograph analyses integration processes on the Eurasian continent. It considers prospects for and pre-requisites of a successful Eurasian integration and offers a coherent concept of Eurasian economic integration. The authors contend that Eurasian continental integration could become a key driving force in the integration of trade, energy resources and other commodities, transportation industry, the flows of capital and labour, and the counteraction to cross-boundary threats.

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The idea of Eurasian integration concerns the continental scope of economic integration processes. Preliminary studies (see Economic Cooperation in Sectors and Industries) indicate the significant potential of continental integration, especially in such sectors as electricity, transport, telecommunications, tourism, and agriculture. Functional integration in different sectors of the economy may be supplemented by the reduction of barriers on the way of labor and capital movement. Safety issues, including fight against drug trafficking, human trafficking and epidemics, can also be solved more efficiently within the continental integration initiatives.

Please also have a look at the Post-Soviet Integration and Economic Cooperation in Sectors and Industries.