About

Analytical media “Eurasian Studies”

The analytical media “Eurasian Studies” was founded on 25 August 2017 in Astana at the “Eurasian Week” Business Forum. The aim of the media is to deliver informational and analytical support to the processes of Eurasian economic integration within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the Greater Eurasian space.  The analytical media “Eurasian Studies” organizes or supports the organization of educational programs, scientific research, information exchange and workshops in the field of Eurasian economic integration.

Activities

The main activities of the analytical media “Eurasian Studies” are (itself or in support):

Education and training

  • A master’s program “Eurasian Econmic Integration” (project);
  • Educational disciplines, electives and courses devoted to various aspects of integration in the post-Soviet and Greater Eurasian space;
  • A special lectures course “Eurasian Economic Integration” conducted in partnership with the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Scientific research

  • Research work on various aspects of integration within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union and the space of Greater Eurasia.
  • Analytical notes, working papers, reports and other publications.
  • Consultations on applied  and practical aspects of Eurasian economic integration.

Information exchange

  • Official information exchange (theoretical, practical and analytical publications, news reports, statistical materials, etc.) between the HSE and the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Eurasian Development Bank.
  • Our library of publications on Eurasian integration and Eurasian theory is open to researchers and students.

Scientific and practical activities

  • Seminars, round tables, conferences, forums for researchers and students.

Partners

  • National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE)
  • Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)
  • Eurasian Development Bank (EDB).
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Media

The analytical media “Eurasian Studies” has two websites: Eurasian Studies (RUS) and Eurasian Studies (ENG).

Editorial board

Editor-in-chief

Yuri Kofner. Born in Munich, Germany. Graduated from high school in Bavaria (Klostergymnasium Schäftlarn) and private school in England (Clifton College, Bristol). Graduate of MGIMO-University of the MFA of Russia with the specialty “Foreign Economic Affairs” (bachelor). Graduate of the MGIMO master’s program with a master’s degree in “World trade and international economic organizations”. Master’s thesis – “The Eurasian Economic Union in the global economy”.

Since October 2016 a postgraduate at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), writing his PhD thesis in “Global economics” on the topic of technical barriers to trade in the Eurasian Economic Union. Since August 2017 the founder and head of the Eurasian sector of the Center for Complex European and International Studies (CCEIS) at the HSE (RUS) / (ENG).

Since February 2016 a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria) where he participates in the high-level international research project “Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space”, conducted in cooperation with the Eurasian Development Bank, Eurasian Economic Commission, OSCE and European Commission.

His research activities are dedicated to Eurasian economic integration. Expert of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. Participant of the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum, annual meeting of the International discussion club “Valdai”, the annual “Gaidar Forum” and the annual Moscow Economic Forum. Lecturer at the MGIMO-University MFA Russia and the Higher School of Economics on Eurasian economic integration.

Yuri  Kofner’s page on the HSE homepage

Deputy editor-in-chief

Elia Bescotti. Born in Brescia, Italy. Graduate of the University of Milan in “International Sciences and European Institutions” (bachelor) with a curriculum in European integration. Holds a double master’s degree in “International Relations and European Studies” at the University of Florence and in “World Politics” at the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations of the MFA of Russia (MGIMO) where he defended his thesis on “Security issues of integration and disintegration in the contemporary international system. A case study of the post-Soviet space”. In December 2017 Elia was the head of the security foresight group at IIASA (Laxenburg, Austria) on European and Eurasian integration. Since January 2018 Elia was a guest researcher at analytical media “Eurasian Studies”. In April 2018 he was appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Europe.

Elia’s research interest lies in Eurasian integration and the relations between the European Union and its Eastern Neighbourhood, as well as in conflict prevention and secessionism. Elia’s research focuses on frozen conflicts in the post-Soviet space and their involvement in the geopolitical confrontation taking place in Eastern Europe and Southern Caucasus.

Currently Elia is a trainee with European Union Experts, a Brussels based think tank, where he deals with consulting, project development and management of EU funds under the Eastern Partnership Program. Formerly, he has been an intern at the Russian International Affairs Council and won a scholarship awarded by the University of Florence for a joint research project on European energy security with the Riga Technical University. Elia also collaborates with the Department of International, Juridical and Historical-Political Studies of the Faculty of Political, Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Milan, publishing for its portal DIPEO: Public Law of Central and Eastern European Countries.

Elia Bescotti’s blog on the RIAC website.

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Disclaimer

Views expressed in the publications are that of the individual authors and may not represent the postions of the analytical media “Eurasian Studies” or its partners.