Will Covid-19 Curtail European-Eurasian Integration?

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Three momentous developments -- the rise of China, collapse of the USSR, and enlargement of the EU – accelerated the economic interdependence of Eurasia at the turn of the twenty-first century, according to Kent Calder (Super Continent: The Logic of Eurasian Integration, Stanford University Press, 2019).  COVID-19 is now the fourth earthquake to jolt the world’s largest land mass.  The pandemic created an unprecedented global economic shock as borders closed, supply chains fragmented, and protectionist barriers rose.  The long-term impacts are uncertain.  However, business as usual is unlikely to mark the new normal. Against this backdrop, a panel of scholars from China, Germany, Kazakhstan, and the US will explore the impact of COVID-19 on transcontinental connectivity from the perspective of key countries and regions in the Belt and Road Initiative: Germany, Hungary, Greece, Belarus, Russia and Central Asia.  Will the pandemic curtail European-Eurasian integration and Chinese influence?  Or will it represent a critical juncture that relaxes political constraints and hastens economic interdependence?


From the Periphery to the Center: Greece, Hungary, and the Belt and Road Initiative
Yun Han, Doctoral Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

The EU Connectivity Strategy and Central Asia: High Stakes and Ways Forward
Nargis Kassenova, Senior Fellow, Program on Central Asia, Davis Center

Post COVID, How Central is Central Asia?
Marsha McGraw Olive, Professorial Lecturer, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Germany, Russia and Eurasia’s Integration: Similar Dilemma, Different Logic, A Difficult Rapprochement
Jacopo Maria Pepe, Research Fellow, SWP-German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Moderator and Discussant: Kent E. Calder, Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

Cosponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Edwin O. Reischauer Center, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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