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.
ISPI Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia Centre