Undoubtedly one of the most important events of the twentieth century was the disintegration of the Soviet Union, which opened a new stage of multi-dimensional interaction for both successor states and other countries involved in this historical evolution. The post-Soviet states are confronted with the consequences and legacy of their past, which has profound effects on the convergence process for the region’s countries.
Russia and other post-Soviet countries have inherited similar institutions from the past, including state institutions; political, social, and security mentalities; political cultures; and styles of government-society relations. The newly independent states have attempted to resolve their internal problems with the support of foreign powers but the initial willingness for convergence with the West has subsided. Similar problems have emerged in countries with similar cultural and ethnic structures. The trend toward convergent policies has taken shape over a long time. Shared values, norms, and mentalities can support Eurasian convergence.
In this paper, the concept of social and cultural integration in Eurasia in the post-Soviet era, with regard to Russia’s soft power in the Eurasian region, is examined by considering language, media, and education, in order to illustrate the process of social and cultural integration in Eurasia at the inter-regional and trans-regional levels since 1992. It is hypothesised that social and cultural integration in Eurasia, influenced by Russia’s soft power, has a clear perspective due to economic and political liberalisation, the decline of authoritarianism in the region, and the process of globalisation.
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