DOC TV Talk: Common vision for Eurasia

Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe and Peter W. Schulze discuss if there is a common Eurasian geopolitical player and if there is a common vision for Eurasia.

The world economic system and the international liberal world order, both under transatlantic domination, are presently undergoing severe transformations. These changes appear to be a return to previously established international norms. The center of the transformation is the Eurasian landmass, which will be the main actor in bringing forward a new world order.

Eurasia has been through an accelerated transformation for about a decade already, due to cross-border logistics and value-added chains, as well as the realignment of intercontinental flows of goods and services. In terms of the economy, trade, transport, and security, the Eurasia has integrated to a point that makes treating the regions as if they are separate unfeasible, regardless of the narrowly defined post-Soviet and Russia-centred space, and regardless of China’s OBOR strategy. It also does not make sense to focus exclusively on areas such as Central Asia or large powers like Russia or China.

Eurasian integration is not being driven by the geographical centre but by those that have double access to maritime routes and the vicinity. This factor will largely determine the future function and relevance of areas like Central Asia and Russia, as well as the role of transport links and logistical factors.

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Peter W.Schulze
Peter W. Schulze is a German academic and political scientist with a focus on international relations and Russia, the CIS, the Cold War and contemporary power constellations in the international state system. He is a member of the German-Russian Forum (Germany), the International Institute of Liberal Politics (Austria), the Institute of European Law (Germany), NABU, and is co-founder of the Schlangenbader Gespraeche on political security in Europe. He has published widely on domestic aspects of transformation processes in Eastern Europe. Peter W Schulze joined the German Air Force for two years to help fund his university studies, first in Contemporary History, Political Sciences and Geography at the Free University of Berlin (FUB), and later in Political Sciences and International Relations, receiving a diploma from FUB in Political Sciences. He took up a teaching position at the Otto Suhr Institute (Political Science Department) on Soviet Studies, Theory of International Relations and Comparative Aspects of Transformation Processes in European societies. His thesis on industrialisation, institutional changes and the creation of technical cadres/intelligence during the first three 5-year-plans of the Soviet Union, 1929 to 1938, was published in 1975. His subsequent research looked at the impact of socio-political movements on FRD’s New Deal in the 1930s. Schulze joined the Friedrich Ebert Foundation’s research team on American Affairs in 1982, creating an analytical framework to study Reagan era US politics and provide political decision makers and social democratic deputies in the German parliament a more analytical insight into the phenomena connected with the rise of the NEW Right. In 1984 he opened and chaired a research and communication initiative at the University of California, in Berkeley, focused on US policies towards the Soviet Union, the third World and the European integration process. He led a similar initiative in London in 1987/8 to facilitate the relationship and collaboration between the German SPD and the British Labour Party, which he led until 1992, when he was appointed director of the FES Moscow Office - a post he held until 2003. From 2003 to the present day he has been involved in academic research and acting as a consultant to deputies and experts at the German Bundestag.