Eurasian Geopolitical Contests and Realignments

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The balance of power in and across Eurasia is changing dramatically as the shifting interests of the U.S., Russia, China and EU conspire to redefine the structure of geopolitics on the continent. So, too, is Eurasian equilibrium increasingly influenced by social, political and economic turbulence in the adjacent regions of the east European, Middle East, central Asian, northeast Asian and Caucasus rimlands.

These changes pose serious policy challenges as well theoretical questions for students of geopolitics:

• Are we on the threshold of a bipolar-, tripolar-, or multi-polar “moment” in Eurasia?

• What factors are likely to determine the hierarchy of influence and power on the continent?

• Who are the actors best positioned to lead in the rebalancing of power?

• Where are the most readily identifiable trouble spots?

Lastly, which of these flashpoints has the greatest potential for tipping the delicately-poised scales between Eurasian peace and prosperity, on the one hand, and renewed instability and turmoil?

The Panel is sponsored by the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41). Proposals are encouraged from historical and other perspectives and disciplines as well as from area specialists on Eurasian affairs.

Convenor: Aharon Klieman

Chair: Igor Okunev