In this well-researched and detailed book, the editors provide an extensive and critical analysis of post-Soviet regional integration. After almost two decades of unfulfilled integration promises, a new - improved and functioning - regime emerged in the post-Soviet space: the Eurasian Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (ECU).
The contributors seek to explain this puzzling and politically significant development by examining the ECU's origins, institutional architecture, key driving forces and emerging implications. Their investigation reveals that the ECU is an ambitious and fast moving project in deep economic integration, yet its legal design is complex and member states are driven by a precarious balance of diverse motives. Nevertheless, as the contributions to the volume indicate, the emergence of the ECU already carries important external implications, especially for the EU's strategy in the post-Soviet space.
Being the first comprehensive and systematic study of the new Eurasian economic integration regime, this book will appeal to academics and students of regional integration, international relations and international law, Russian studies, Post-Soviet politics, as well as Central Asian studies.
Edited by Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk, University of Birmingham, UK
Contents: Preface 1. The Eurasian Customs Union: Framing the Analysis Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk PART I: LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK OF THE ECU 2. The Development of Eurasian Economic Integration Julian Cooper 3. The Legal and Institutional Dimensions of the Eurasian Customs Union Rilka Dragneva 4. Russia, the Eurasian Customs Union and the WTO Richard Connolly PART II: THE ECU AS VIEWED FROM THE MEMBER STATES 5. Russia and the Eurasian Customs Union Julian Cooper 6. Russia, the Eurasian Customs Union and the Asian Dimension Silvana Malle 7. Belarus: Player and Pawn in the Integration Game Matthew Frear 8. Kazakhstan and Eurasian Economic Integration: Quick Start, Mixed Results and Uncertain Future Nargis Kassenova PART III: THE ECU AND ITS RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION 9. The Impact of the Eurasian Customs Union on EU-Russia Relations Hiski Haukkala 10. Eurasian Economic Integration: Implications for the EU Eastern Policy Laure Delcour and Kataryna Wolczuk 11. Commitment, Asymmetry and Flexibility: Making Sense of Eurasian Economic Integration Rilka Dragneva and Kataryna Wolczuk Appendix 1. Regional Integration Initiatives and Organizations in the Post-Soviet Space Appendix 2. Post-Soviet Countries' Applications and Accessions to the WTO Index