Eurasian States: Socio-Economic and Political Processes

Arun Mohanty and Ajay Patnaik

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Eurasia, a region which essentially consists of the former Soviet republics, has always drawn international attention because of its geographical location, strategic significance and the presence of huge amounts of natural resources. This region has become an arena of sharp competition for influence between all the major powers in the world—the US, the European Union, China, Japan, India, Turkey, Iran, besides many others. The Eurasian states are about to complete the first 25 years of their independent existence and tumultuous transition. Each of the European states has chosen its own strategy for development as wells as its foreign policy priorities. While the democratic reforms in these countries have faced enormous problems, the economic transition from a state-controlled economy to a market one has been painful. There is no single model that can characterise the entire region in terms of its political and socio-economic transformation. The prevalence of ethnic tensions combined with frozen conflicts between many of the CIS countries has compounded the situation. The competing integration processes sponsored by the major powers have further exacerbated tensions in the former Soviet space.

While Russia, the major state in the region, is India’s special and privileged strategic partner, Central Asia falls in its extended neighbourhood, thus highlighting its significance in terms of India’s long-term interests. While the Western analyses of the developments in the region remain largely subjective and biased, India needs to develop its own perspective in order to best serve its interests, as developments in that part of the globe can have immense implications for New Delhi.

The volume discusses in depth, the political and economic developments as well as the issues related to the stability, security and integration of the region. Scholars from many foreign countries including Russia and other CIS countries as well as Indian experts from different universities have analysed issues such as inter-state relations, the role of external players, issues of socio-cultural developments as well as India’s bilateral relations with the member states of the CIS.

Arun Mohanty and Ajay Patnaik Dr. ARUN MOHANTy is professor and former chairperson of Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies,School of International Studies, JNU.

Dr. AJAY KUMAR PATNAIK is Professor and former Chairperson in the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.


List of Contributors
Arun Mohanty and Ajay Patnaik

Section I
1. Greater Europe and Eurasian Integration
Richard Sakwa
2. Migration in the Eurasian Space and the Formation Of Regional Linkages
Rashmi Doraiswamy
3. Methodological Problems of Studying the Post-Soviet Regime Changes
Kharitonova Oxana
4. New Eurasia in the Focus of a Multipolar World: The Thorns of Transformation
Sattar Fazylovich Mazhitov and Seidakhan U. Bakhtorazov
5. De-Facto Statehood as a Phenomenon of the Post-Soviet Development
Sergey Markedonov

Section II
6. On a Politico-Economical Approach to the Analysis of the Transitional Processes in the Post-Soviet States
Andrei Ryabov
7. The Eurasian Union: Problems and Prospects of the Caspian Region
R.H. Usmanov
8. Ecological Culture in the Modern Societies of Russia, China and Mongolia
Marina N. Baldano
9. Anti-Crisis Policy of G20 Monetary Authorities (2008–2014)
Viacheslav M.Shavhukov and Arun Mohanty
10. New Perspectives in Natural Resources and Central Asia
Liyaqat Ayub Khan
11. Sino-Russian Relations in the New Era
Shi Ze
12. Regional Security in the Eurasian Landscape: Russia’s Relations with the Post-Soviet Sates
Ramakrushna Pradhan
13. Current Geopolitics and Geo-Economics in the Central and South Asian Regional Integration
Kambarov Bakytzhan, Dossova Senymgul
14. The Commonwealth of Independent States: Realities and Prospects
Konstantin Kurylyov
15. Transition from the ‘Great Game’ to a Succession of ‘New Games’ in Eurasia in General and Central Asia in Particular: A Boon or Bane?
Moazzam Ali

Section IV
16. Religion, Religiosity and the Russian State
Archana Upadhyay
17. Formation of the Civil Society in Russia: Through the Lens of the Civilisational Approach
Kosov G.
18. Social Issues in Russia after 1991
Sanjay Deshpande
19. The North Caucasus in the System of National Security of Russia
Victor Panin
20. Faces of Political Islam in the Russian Federation
Irina Kudryashova
21. Immigration, Economy and National Identity: A Case Study of Post-Soviet Russia
Vijay Kumar
22. Ukraine in Ferment
P. L. Dash
22. Geopolitics of Regime Change in Ukraine
Ajay Patnaik
24. Culture and Identity: The Challenges of Reintegrating Crimea
Preeti D. Das
25. EU’s Eastern Partnership: Walking the Tightrope
Bhaswati Sarkar
26. Ukrainisation Policies and National Identity in Ukraine: A View from Odessa Abel Polese
27. Indo-Russian Relations under UPA Rule
Prof Arun Mohanty
28. India–Russia Trade and Economic Cooperation: Two Decades of Lost Opportunities
Vinay Shukla
29. India–Russia Economic Ties: The Need for Intensive Engagement
R. G. Gidadhubli
30. Prospects of Russia in the Indian Mining Sector
Samar Shakil
31. The Dynamics of Indo-Russian Relations: Continuity and Change
Brahmananda Satapathy
32. Indo-Russian Cooperation in Defence R&D
V. Bhujanga Rao
33. Trade and Investment Cooperation between Russia and India
Evgeny Korshunov



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