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.