Debates Conférences
Ifri Paris
from 09:00 to 12:30
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Shaping Eurasia: What Convergence between China's New Silk Road and the Eurasian Union?

As geo-strategic and geo-economic balances evolve across the Eurasian continent, two initiatives – the Chinese-led “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the Eurasian Economic Union – promise to shape the region’s emerging geo-political landscape.

While agreements have been made at the political level to highlight the complementarities of these two strategies, areas of tension lie beneath the surface. In an effort to assess their ability to impact change at regional and global levels, this workshop will flesh out the details of both projects, analyze their underlying assumptions, and discuss where they converge and where they compete.

09:00 – 09:15  Welcoming remarks - Tatiana KASTOUEVA-JEAN, Head, Russia/NIS Center, Ifri

09:15 – 10:30  OBOR and the Eurasian Union: Interests and strategies of key actors

  • Timofei BORDATCHEV, Director, Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University–Higher School of Economics, Russia
  • YANG Cheng, Associate Professor of International Relations, Deputy Director, Center for Russian Studies, School of Advanced International and Area Studies, East China Normal University
  • Rakhim OSHAKBAYEV, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Silk Road Studies Program, Kazakhstan 
  • Nicu POPESCU, Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Strategic Studies (EUISS)

Chair: Françoise NICOLAS, Director, Center for Asian Studies, Ifri

10:30-10:45  Coffee break

10:45 – 12:30  What complementarities, what competition?

  • Roundtable discussion with speakers from first session, commented and moderated by
    Bobo LO, Associate Research Fellow with Ifri’s Russia/NIS Center

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (by invitation only)


Ifri - 27 rue de la Procession, 75015 Paris
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For more information, or to register, please contact seaman@ifri.org

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Eurasian economic union silk roads One Belt One Road Eurasia Russia China Central Asia