Eurasia: Playing Field or Battle Field? Defining an Effective German and European Approach on Connectivity toward China and Russia

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted Aug 06, 2019 | German Council on Foreign Relations, Jacopo Maria Pepe

Eurasia is emerging as a fluid space in which Russia and China are challenging the Western liberal order. Moscow and Beijing are linking their Eurasian integration projects, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Driven by Moscow’s geopolitical aspirations and protectionist agenda in the former Soviet space, the EAEU promotes a closed economic regionalism. In this analysis for the German Council on Foreign Relations, Jacopo Maria Pepe notes that to avoid marginalization, the EU and Germany should define an interest-driven, flexible and regionally diversified approach toward Moscow and Beijing, focusing on Greater Central Asia and Greater Eastern Europe.


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