The lecture focuses on the structural mega trends and the specific transformations, both national and regional, leading to a commercial and infrastructural re-evaluation of the Eurasian space. It will also shed light on the effects of this process on certain countries, particularly Russia, and on the geopolitical balance of power across the continent.
- The world economic system and the international liberal world order, both under transatlantic domination, are presently subjected to severe transformations. Within the transatlantic community this is being felt like a historical hiatus. However, this seems less a rupture than a return to previously established international norms. The centre of the transformation is the Eurasian landmass. It is equally the venue and the main actor of the play bringing forward a new world order.
- Due to the increasingly cross-border linked logistic and value-added chains as well as to the changes and realignment of intercontinental flows of goods and services, Eurasia has been through an accelerated transformation for about a decade already. In terms of economy, trade, transport and security, the Eurasian double-continent has integrated to a level that regardless of the narrowly defined post-Soviet and Russia-centered space, and regardless of China’s OBOR strategy, handling its regions as if they were separate and divided is no longer feasible. It also doesn’t 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 regions which have double access to maritime routes and the continental hinterland. This determines the future function and relevance of areas like Central Asia and Russia, as well as the role of transport links and logistics.
Moderator: Prof. Dr. Peter W. Schulze, Co- Founder DOC Research Institutes
Speaker: Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe ,Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University
The lecture will be held in German.
Attendance is by prior registration only.
Jacopo Maria Pepe
GCFR - German Council on International Relations (Security, Integration Processes in Central Asia)