New Great Game in the Caucasus and Central Asia

New Great Game in the Caucasus and Central Asia

The Eurasian chessboard is in non-stop motion at dizzying speed. After the Afghanistan shock, we’re all aware of the progressive interconnection of the Belt and Road Initiative, the Eurasia Economic Union (EAEU) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and of the preeminent roles played by Russia, China and Iran. These are the pillars of the…

How St. Petersburg is mapping the Eurasian Century

How St. Petersburg is mapping the Eurasian Century

It’s impossible to understand the finer points of what’s happening on the ground in Russia and across Eurasia, business-wise, without following the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). So let’s cut to the chase, and offer a few choice examples of what is discussed on top panels. The Russian Far East – Here’s a…

Eurasian Economic Union Enjoying Broader Cooperation

Eurasian Economic Union Enjoying Broader Cooperation

Noteworthy events to do with increased integration within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) took place in the first half of December 2020. On December 7, representatives of the EAEU and China met during the special negotiation session called “Towards a bigger Eurasia via the integration of nations, businesses and people”, which was organized by the…

How the New Silk Roads Are Merging Into Greater Eurasia

How the New Silk Roads Are Merging Into Greater Eurasia

The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the Council of Ministers and looks set to be enshrined, without fanfare, as the main guideline of Russian foreign policy for the foreseeable future. President Putin is unconditionally…

Greater Eurasia Coming Together in the Russian Far East

Greater Eurasia Coming Together in the Russian Far East

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin were involved in a joint cooking venture. Pancakes with caviar (blin, in Russian), chased down with a shot of vodka. It just happened at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. Talk about a graphic (and edible) metaphor sealing the ever-evolving ‘Russia-China comprehensive strategic partnership’. For a few years now the Vladivostok…