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Is it really different? Patterns of regionalisation in post-Soviet Central Asia


  • Alexander Libman
  • Evgeny Vinokurov


This article examines the prospects of regional economic integration in Central Asia from the point of view of the extent of actual economic interdependencies in the region, using a new and unique dataset. We find that Central Asian states tend to be integrated with other countries of the former Soviet Union rather than with each other; the advantage that the Central Asian states had in terms of regional integration has been rapidly disappearing over recent decades. While currently Russia and the former Soviet Union outperform China as the key economic partners for Central Asia, there is a clear trend towards an increase in economic links to China. Finally, we find that Central Asian states are pro-active in creating new economic links in Eurasia: the role of Kazakhstan, in particular, should be noted from this perspective.

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  • Alexander Libman & Evgeny Vinokurov, 2011. "Is it really different? Patterns of regionalisation in post-Soviet Central Asia," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(4), pages 469-492, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pocoec:v:23:y:2011:i:4:p:469-492 DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2011.623392

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    1. Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2014. "Emerging Eurasian Continental Integration: Trade, Investment and Infrastructure," MPRA Paper 62027, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Pelipas, Igor & Tochitskaya, Irina & Vinokurov, Evgeny, 2014. "Quantifying Economic Integration of the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union: Methodological Approaches," MPRA Paper 61858, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Vinokurov, Evgeny & Kulik, Sergey & Spartak, Andrey & Yurgens, Igor, 2014. "Two Integration Projects in Europe: Dead End of Struggle," MPRA Paper 61636, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Vinokurov, Evgeny & Libman, Alexander & Pereboyev, Vladimir, 2015. "The EDB System of Indicators of Eurasian Integration: Eurasian Integration’s Trends from 1999 to 2012," MPRA Paper 61909, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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