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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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Afterword: Philippe Lagrange

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PHILIPPE LAGRANGE

At a time when the global scene is undergoing deep adjustments, when tensions are mounting, for instance in the Mediterranean Sea around the issues of maritime delimitation, when well-established regimes notably from the former USSR seem to be tipping over towards structural change, and when the lines-of-force inherited from the logic of blocs appear completely outdated, a book such as this one constitutes an absolutely essential element enabling readers both to reflect and to understand.

To reflect since the various speakers who presented at this conference Evolving Regional Values and Mobilities in Global Contexts did not content or limit themselves with delivering a factual presentation of the themes that were proposed to them. On the contrary, they engaged in in-depth analyses, leading the readers to deepen their knowledge, naturally, but also to review and revise their certainties and, above all, to open up for themselves a formidable avenue for further reflection and prospective analysis.

To understand as, in the world that is emerging, with the confirmation of the new powers in Central Asia and the development of imperialist neo-temptations of Turkey and Russia, soon Europe will not be able to do without a redefinition of its priorities and of its foreign policy in the Central Asian region. The relations between Europe and Central Asia are called upon to experience important developments, beyond their already rapid evolution since 1991, notably in 2007 and 2017. In order to master such a phenomenon and “guide...

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