- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Framework of the Handbook and Conceptual Clarifications
- Old, New, and Comparative Regionalism: The History and Scholarly Development of the Field
- Theorizing Regionalism: Cooperation, Integration, and Governance
- Globalization, Domestic Politics, and Regionalism
- The Diffusion of Regionalism
- Regionalism Beyond EU-Centrism
- North America and the Transatlantic Area
- Latin America
- North Africa and the Middle East
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Regional Security Governance
- Regional Trade Governance
- Regional Monetary and Financial Governance
- Regional Development Governance
- Regional Social and Gender Governance
- Regional Environmental Governance
- Regional Migration Governance
- Regional Human Rights and Democracy Governance
- Regional Institutional Design
- Regional Dispute Settlement
- Regional Identities and Communities
- The Legitimacy of Regional Institutions
- Inter- and Transregionalism
- Three Cheers for Comparative Regionalism
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
Abstract and Keywords
The 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in 15 newly independent states: three on the Baltic Sea (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), three bordering Europe (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova), three along the Caucasus mountains (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), five in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), and Russia. Collectively called Eurasia, the region is contested: the Baltic states joined the European Union (EU), Ukraine remains strongly divided between Europe and Russia, a customs union ties together Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, and a security agreement (the Shanghai Cooperation Organization) includes China, Russia, and the Central Asian states. The effects of the various agreements are hard to determine, given that many have only recently been implemented. Regionalization is weak, with few documented effects. Research that combines the rich empirics of Eurasian scholars with the theoretical focus of Western scholars will further our understanding of the effects of these overlapping regions.
Kathleen J. Hancock is Associate Professor of Political Science in the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division, Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO, USA.
Alexander Libman is Research Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik—the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany.
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