Risks and opportunities of interregional economic integration

The Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program coordinates the IIASA’s Futures Initiative on Eurasian Economic Integration, dealing with the complex issues of economic cooperation between countries of the Eurasian continent.

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This international and interdisciplinary initiative coordinated by ASA aims to discuss and analyze critical issues of economic cooperation between the enlarged European Union, Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia/Eurasian Economic Union, and their neighbors, including the key Asian players, such as China, Korea, and Japan. The two-year initiative consists of a series of workshops at which specific aspects of integration are discussed by scientists and stakeholders representing all interested regions. Follow-up discussion summaries, notes, opinion papers, position papers, and other publications outline the state of the art in this field and reflect on different futures.

Three workshops were organized in 2014 focusing on:

  • methodologies used to evaluate effects of different trade regimes between countries in a region [1],
  • issues of trade policy in Eurasia [2], and
  • non-tariff barriers and technical regulations [3]. 


[1] Havlik P (2014). Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit: Milestone in EU-Russia relations - Not just for Ukraine. Danube: Law and Economics Review, 5(1):21-51

[2] Pelipas I, Tochitskaya I, Vinokurov E (2014). Quantifying Economic integration of the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union: Methodological Approaches. EDB Centre for Integration Studies Report #23

[3] Emerson M (2014). Trade Policy Issues in the Wider Europe – That Led to War and not yet to Peace. CEPS Working Document #398

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Elena Rovenskaya

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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Eurasian Economic Integration

Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space

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