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EUCASIS in Brief No.1: Frederick Starr: Central Asia, the West, State and Religion


Considering the Western policy towards Central Asia in the direct aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Starr sees a general blindness of the West to the importance of cultural values. That led the West to severely undervalue or even ignore the importance of its own values, especially in the area of religion. Therefore, Starr explains that the West should affirm the importance of secular states and laws as such and to work with Central Asian states to develop institutions and practices that best embody these ideas in the context of their societies.


EUCACIS in Brief No. 1 can be downloaded here.

EUCASIS in Brief No.2: Sergey Yun: Some European-Eurasian perspectives on regional integration


The author offers a brief analysis of two integration projects in Eurasia – Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. He scrutinizes the different approaches to integration among the EAEU member states. What’s more, he sees the interests of other countries in cooperation with EAEU as an indicator of the Union’s economic viability. The author also claims that the EU’s reluctance to established official ties with EAEU is seen in Moscow as being driven by geopolitics, which the EU itself always condemns. As For the Silk Road Economic Belt, he explains the reasons of Russia’s skepticism related to this particular project.


EUCACIS in Brief No. 2 can be downloaded here.


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