of ‘Intra-Continental Neighborhoods’ In Worldview by the Founders of ‘Eurasianism’

(North Caucasus Research Institute of Economic and Social Problems of the South Federal University; Institute of Geography of the RAS; Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University)

The geo-economic and geopolitical metamorphoses of modern Eurasia and the integration processes taking place in its space (including the format of ‘Greater Eurasia’) imply the activation of the corresponding scientific discourse, including one based on the ideas of ‘Eurasianism’ that were first systematically voiced a century ago (in 1920–1921). The article focuses on the economic phenomenon of ‘intra-continental neighborhoods’ (which was highlighted in the works by P. Savitsky and his intellectual associates) and also on the opportunities and priorities for realizing their potential in the interests of both modern Russia and neighboring states in the Eurasian space. The study characterizes the typological invariants of ‘intra-continental neighbors’ taking into account the scale of foreign economic relations, their significance for a particular country, as well as geographical-positional, communicational, geopolitical, and center-peripheral specifics. Special attention is paid to the foreign trade aspects of interaction between the Russian
Federation and neighboring states (emphasizing the ‘intra-continental’ states), as well as to the regional specifics of cross-border contacts (along the perimeter of the Western Russian borderlands).
Eurasianism, Eurasian integration, foreign trade, interregional relations, regional development, Russia, maritime region, Western Russian border regions, ‘Greater Eurasia’

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