Skip navigation
LMC 2022

High Hopes: Central Asia and the Eurasian Union

Pink Floyd, High Hopes (1994)

Since the end of the Cold War, the countries of Central Asia have tried to guarantee their geopolitical independence by facing several directions at once. At the same time, they have been cautious in their relations with the world outside and have sought to deepen regional integration. But the unrest in Kazakhstan and Russia’s war in Ukraine have brought a period of nervous uncertainty.


Aziz Burkhanov

Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy at Nazarbayev University

Mirzokhid Rakhimov

Head of Department of the Contemporary History Center, Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences

Siddharth Shanker Saxena

Director of Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge

Yevgeniy Zhovtis

Director, Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law


Katja Geršak

Executive Director, Centre for European Perspective

  • What is the future of the Eurasian Union?
  • Are there new openings for the region, especially in energy and infrastructure?
  • Can the Central Asian states profit from their geographical position, or are their economies fated to remain dependent on the migration of labour to Russia?
  • What are the risks and opportunities of China’s growing role in the region?

Related articles