The Future of the Eurasian Economic Union: the View from Astana

The future development agenda of the EAEU was discussed on August 23, 2017 at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Astana. The Center for Eurasian Studies (CES) with the support of the Rossotrudnichestvo representative office in the Republic of Kazakhstan held a scientific and practical round table on the theme: "The future of the EAEU: the perspective of Kazakhstan and Russian experts".

Ekaterina Malinina, head of the Russian Center of Science and Culture in Astana, addressed the participants in a welcoming speech.

"We can not support economic integration in the long term without close social, humanitarian and educational cooperation, and the search for dialogue between the member states in this aspect is extremely relevant for the public's understanding of the concept of Eurasianism and of the Eurasian Economic Union, as a whole", said CES director, head of the Eurasian Sector of the Higher School of Economics, Yuri Kofner. The expert repeated the main theses of his speeech he first gave on May 29, 2017 in Moscow at the conference "From the Economic to Cultural and Humanitarian Integration in Eurasia", dedicated to the Day of Eurasian Integration.

It is of fundamental importance that any potential Kazakh and Russian initiatives for the development of the Eurasian Economic Union in the educationa an socio-humanitarian sectors have many common grounds. Strategic foresight from Astana and Moscow regarding the future of the Union are not mutually exclusive.

As a result of the discussion the participants came to the conclusion that potential formats of both economic and socio-humanitarian co-development, on the contrary, harmoniously complement each other. They also agreed that it was necessary to create a full-scale student exchange system witin the EAEU, modeled after the European "Erasmus" program. Back in 2013, the director of the Eurasian Development Bank research center, Evgeny Vinokurov proposed to name the potential student exchange program of the EAEU after the great Kazakh enlightener Chokan Valikhanov.

Aslanbek Zhakupov, head of the Eurasian Civil Youth Council (EYCM) in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chingiz Lepsibaev, president of the Eurasian Expert Council (Kazakhstan), Hayreddin Aydinbash, general director of the Eurasian House NGO, coordinator of the Eurasian Talks International Discussion Forum (Turkey), Kazakh historian M. Absemetovym. PhD (History), as well as other representatives of the Kazakh and Russian expert community participated in the round table.

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