The Challenges of Eurasian Integration for Kazakhstan

Mercoledì, 23 Gennaio, 2013

Fabrizio Vielmini

By creating a Common Economic Space Kazakhstan has entered a process of tight integration with the Russian Federation (RF) and Belarus, which will eventually result in the establishment of a supranational Eurasian Union (EaU). The enterprise caused a vivid internal debate since along with advantages it presents a number of challenges for the future of the country. As such it is highly politicised and Kazakhstan’s position on mthe EaU is dependent on the future domestic landscape of a country that has entered a delicate phase of political transition. This paper analyses the strategic considerations behind the Kazakhstani decision to join the process, the pros and cons, and the political debate underpinning the whole.