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Evolving regional values and mobilities in global contexts

The emergence of new (Eur-)Asian regions and dialogues with Europe

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Edited By Pierre Chabal, Yann Alix and Kuralay Baizakova

This book analyses the gradual fusion of Europe and Asia into a Eurasian dynamic combining institutional and identity aspects. The seventh in a series of Europe–Asia conferences covering regime dynamics, cooperation policies, regional competition, the limits of regions, mutual understanding and cross-border exchanges, it shows that Eurasian continental developments are outgrowing sub-region designations such as Western Europe, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Central Asia.

Ten years ago, before the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), regional dynamics seemed clearly delineated, especially with inter-state groupings mapping out space – the EU, the ASEAN, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) – and organisations overseeing pan-continental competition such as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building in Asia (CICA), the Eurasian Economic Union, etc. Today, the less institutional and more macro-economic scheme of an infrastructure and transport network coined as "China’s BRI" changes the research environment.

Gathering about thirty scholars from a dozen Eurasian countries, this book contains views from East Asia (Mongolia, China), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan), Western Europe (France, Belgium), Eastern Europe (Poland, Romania, Hungary, Turkey) and the Caucasus (Azerbaijan). Asia and Europe can no longer be understood except as Eurasian sub-entities. Multi-dimensionally, the book draws from history, international economic relations, politics, geography, economics, cultural studies, public and private law, business studies, peace and conflict studies, public administration, and even literary criticism to tackle the question: what is Eurasia?

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Postface: Sebastian Santander

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SEBASTIAN SANTANDER

This book constitutes a magnificent contribution to the analysis of the construction of regional organisations. It also enlightens the relations which regional groupings develop among themselves as well as with third actors within the framework of the Eurasian space. As such, it is by no means a one-shot contribution as its coordinators have indeed, for about twenty years already, set up a network of Euro-Asian academics that never ceased to expand in order to understand and explain the regional phenomenon in international relations.

This initiative has turned into a great human and scientific adventure. On a human level, it made it possible to bring together in common research colleagues as students of the study of Eurasian regionalism from numerous disciplines (political science, international relations, law, history, geography, cultural studies, economics, business studies) belonging to different generations, cultures, countries and continents.

Their biennial conferences organised alternately in Asia and Europe have enabled researchers to broaden their respective horizons and acquire new knowledge about societies, states and regional organisations which, until then, seemed distant to them.

From a scientific standpoint, such an initiative has enriched studies on regionalism as much as it has provided fertile ground for the comparative analysis of regional organisations. Regionalism has been tackled from different angles: through institutions, identity, values, cooperation, but also through the role and interests of state- and non-state actors.

The comparative analysis developed within the framework of these conferences as well as...

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