Chapter 12: Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Economic Union: The Dilemmas of Alliance-Making in the Post-Soviet Period

  • Kirill Nourzhanov


In May 2014 Kazakhstan joined the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), an alliance that many in the West have suspected to be at the centre of Russia’s efforts to re-establish its hegemony in the former Soviet Union. Kazakhstan’s membership in the EEU has generated much internal debate among politicians, experts, and the general public about the country’s imperial past and post-imperial future, developmental strategies, and its place in the region and the world. The chapter examines the reasons for Astana’s participation in the EEU as well as the modalities and boundaries of this participation. It argues that Kazakhstan’s engagement in Eurasian economic integration in its current form corresponds with the country’s national interests and does not detract from its long-standing multi-vector foreign policy.


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  1. 1.Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia)Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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