‘What is the Eurasian Customs Union?’

What is the Eurasian Customs Union? How does it operate? Is it a means to bring about regional integration in the post-Soviet space? What are its implications for future relations between the European Union and Russia? Is the Eurasian Customs Union a viable strategy for creating a post-Soviet ‘shared neighbourhood’? Will Ukraine be tempted to become a member of the Eurasian Customs Union or will it seek closer ties with the European Union – will Ukraine go West or East?

These are the questions that Professor Julian Cooper’s talk will address.

Professor Julian Cooper is Professor of Russian Economic Studies at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Birmingham and was Director of the Centre from 1990 to 2001 and again during 2007-08. He is also Co-Director of the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS) and Associate Fellow of the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme. His research is concerned with the development of the Russian economy, with particular emphasis on Russia’s external economic relations, prospects for diversification away from resource-led growth, the economics of defence and security, and the impact of the global economic crisis. He has participated in projects and consultancy for the UK government, OECD, European Commission, NATO, ILO, SIPRI and other international organisations. He is the author of The Multilateral Dimension in Russian Foreign Policy (London and N.Y.: Routledge, 2009).

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Tickets: £7, conc. £5 (for GB Russiamembers)

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