Ideals and Realities of the Transport Complex of the Single Economic Space (SES): Implications for Kazakhstan

By Yegor Pak and Sergey Sarkisov.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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This paper critically reviews ideals and realities of the on-going integration of logistics complexes of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus in the format of the Single Economic Space (SES) picturing the integration-induced implications for a landlocked but at the same time regionally integrated Kazakhstan. In doing so, the research has moved beyond a “typical work” on post-Soviet integration and focused on a less descriptive and more empirically underpinned academic approach. Methodology applied involves a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods resulting in a model that tests the benevolence of the SES creation at company and state levels. Overall, Kazakhstan’s integration in the format of SES has been referred to as a purely political project from above. However, the paper has found tangible economic, transport, and logistics green shoots marking the “bottom-up” integrative process.

Keywords: Kazakhstan, Eurasian Logistics Complex, Post-Soviet Integration, Regionalism, Landlocked Economy, Transport, Transit

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 8, Issue 1, June 2014, pp.15-27. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 3, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 538.923KB)).

Yegor Pak

PhD Student, Department of International Economic Relations and Foreign-Economic Activity, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow, Russian Federation

Yegor Pak is currently a Phd student at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in the international economic relations and foreign-economic activity department. He graduated with distinction from an MS program in the Cass Business School at City University in London. He also received an MA from City University in London and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Yegor Pak’s research topics include international economics, theories of integration, political economy of post-Soviet space, transport economics and logistics.

Dr. Sergey Sarkisov

Professor, Department of International Economic Relations and Foreign-Economic Activity, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow, Russian Federation

Sergey Sarkisov is a professor at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in the international economic relations and foreign-economic activity department. He is also head of the MBA Programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. His research interests include international economics, transport economics and logistics, and political economy of post-Soviet space.