The “Greater Eurasia” Young Researchers School kicked off in Tatarstan

On May 7, 2018, the International School for Young Researchers “Greater Eurasia” – 2018 began its work in the Republic of Tatarstan. The research and educational project is organized by the analytical media “Eurasian Studies” in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies and International Relations of the Kazan Federal University (KFU).

The central theme of the School is integration, cooperation and trade in the Greater Eurasian space in the historical past and the long-term future through the prism of studying the role of the EAEU as a crossroads and a new center of integration processes in “Greater Eurasia”.

20 young researchers, specializing in economics and international relations, from different countries of the wider Eurasian space (all the way from Germany to South Korea) take part in the School. They were divided into two working groups. The first group, under the guidance of experienced orientalists Farkhad Gumarov, Ph.D. in History and Oleg Lushnikov, Ph.D in History, by the end of the week is going to write a working paper on “Eurasian Economic Union: cultural and historical foundations and economic benefits for the Member States” (in Russian).

The second group, under the guidance of the Ph.D. student of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (MGIMO) Min Koel Kim and the laboratory assistant of the Eurasian sector of the Centre for Complex European and International Studies (CCEIS) of the National Research University “Higher School of Economics” (HSE) Nadezhda Tynnikova, will present a working paper on the topic “Challenges and Opportunities of Deepened EAEU – South Korea Trade and Economic Cooperation” (in English).

Arriving at the hotel complex, which is located in a picturesque birch and pine forest in a half an hour’s drive from the center of Kazan, the participants immediately set to work.

To introduce the topic of the School, Nadezhda Tynnikova gave the young researchers a lecture on Greater Eurasia and the Greater Eurasian Partnership. Nadezhda presented the Eurasian sector of the Higher School of Economics, told about its activities and invited the young researchers to further cooperation. As part of the lecture, the expert defined the terms “Greater Eurasia” and “Greater Eurasian Partnership” in geographic and geopolitical dimensions, listed the formats for international cooperation of the EAEU, explained the mechanism and status of the profiles of the current work of the Eurasian Economic Commission on trade and economic agreements of the Union with third parties. It is noteworthy that by mid-May 2018, the signing of an interim FTA agreement on between the EAEU and Iran, as well as a non-preferential agreement on trade and economic cooperation between the EAEU and China is planned. She also explained the interests of the key players, the conditions, challenges and prospects of a possible EU – EAEU common economic space. Nadeja gave insight into the reality of the Chinese “Belt and Road Initiative” and listed the likely elements of the planned EAEU-Chain agreement on the non-preferential trade and economic cooperation and of the planned EAEU-Iran FTA agreement. The lecture took place in an unusual format – in the open air.

The organizers of the School would like to express their special gratitude to the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), who kindly provided the participants of the School with the new EEC-RIAC teaching manuals on the Eurasian Economic Union, written under the authorship of Marina Lapenko, Ph.D. in History, associate professor of the Saratov National Research State University and Director of the “Eurasia-Povolzhye” Information and Communication Center, as well as printed RIAC publications “Prospects for the Development of the EAEU by 2025” and “Competition of Jurisdictions in the Eurasian Economic Union”.

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