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Where Did the Eurasian Economic Union Go Awry?

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For the better part of the past couple years, nearly every sign — social, economic, political — has pointed to the disappointment the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU/EAEU) has brought to bear. Rather than the “epoch-making” grouping Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged, the EEU has resulted in any number of trade wars, fresh frictions, and concerns about Russian regional hegemony. Indeed, the EEU may well be the most disappointing post-Soviet group extant, if only for the promise the organization once held — a promise that Russia effectively torpedoed following its invasion of Ukraine.

Now, a new paper from Chatham House details the myriad ways the EEU has fallen short, and how Moscow flubbed the primary geopolitical project of Putin’s third presidential term. Written by Rilka Dragneva, a reader at the Birmingham Law School, and Kataryna Wolczuk, a professor with the University of Birmingham and........

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