EURASIA: AN EMERGING CONCEPT?
In our days the world seems to become more diverse in many ways. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) pandemic has still been with us, while new challenges and conflicts signalize the fact that after three decades of post-Cold War "Atlantic" world order, the wish and endeavors towards a multipolar political and economic system can be heard with increasing loudness. In fact, two actors - Russia and China - are the powers who challenge the American dominance in the most spectacular way, however, India and the ASEAN region are also players who may have important role in the formation and development of the world in the future. The economy of the world is in turmoil, which can be seen in the disruption of global supply and value chains, energy crisis, growing inflation, moreover the Russia - Ukraine conflict projects comprehensive changes in security as well.
The concept of Eurasia derives from the natural endowment that dozens of countries are located in the hugest landmass of the Globe, including the biggest country, Russia and the two most populous ones-China and India as well. Moreover, successful integrations, like the European Union and the ASEAN are also here, these two organizations with their 27+10 member states represent nearly another one billion people. Beyond the present, abovementioned challenges, no need to refer to those "classic" global problems and difficulties that also hit all countries to a great extent, and that the world has been striving to overcome for many years. And all these are connectedto the concept of sustainability as climatic changes, food safety and security, the health condition of people, which all give a lot of tasks for the present and future generations to solve.
In the present book of studies - Eurasia: An Emerging Concept? - the esteemed Reader may find a collection of five studies - being authored by professors and scholars from five different European and Asian countries. The scope of these studies is merely broad, from the issues of economic collaboration till security and political co-operation. The core concepts of these studies are sustainability and regionalism.
Besides two comprehensive, analytical studies, Eurasia and Post-Soviet Space: Spatial Analysis and The Relational Meanings of Eurasia, the book contains case studies on Kyrgyzstan, on the economic relations of South Korea and the Visegrad Group (V4), and also on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in reflection to the Chinese foreign policy.
Having seen the content of these valuable studies, I am confident that they will be not
only interesting, but also give ideas and further impetus for professionals and scholars for future research or practical implementation.
We wish to express our gratitude for the financial and moral support received from Budapest Business School, University of Applied Sciences (BBS) and Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB, the Central Bank of Hungary), without which the present book of studies could not have been published.