Video: ZOiS Forum

#30PostSovietYears | Post-Soviet Economic (Dis-)Integration: Dynamics and Consequences for Russia’s Role as a Regional Power


From the mid-1980s, the highly integrated Soviet economic space started to dissolve. After the break-up of the Soviet Union, the process of economic disintegration gathered pace, resulting in a dramatic drop in trade within the region and the disruption of production chains and transport networks. In what ways have disrupted economic links between the former Soviet republics been restored in the post-Soviet era and how does the current level of economic entanglement vary across different (groups of) countries? To what extent have the Eurasian Economic Union, the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation or the Belt and Road Initiative served as a motor of post-Soviet integration? The panel will discuss these questions and their implications for Russia's significance as a regional power vis-à-vis other external players like China and the EU.


  • Alexander Libman is Professor of Russian and East European Politics at the Freie Universität Berlin.
  • Johannes F. Linn is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the Asian Development Bank
  • Chair: Julia Langbein is Head of the Research Cluster Political Economy and Integration at ZOiS


Taking #30PostSovietYears as its theme for 2021, the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), in cooperation with the Körber Foundation, the German Association for East European Studies (DGO), the German Historical Institute Moscow, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Russia and Memorial International, is hosting a series of events and online formats that revisit the watershed year of 1991 and examine the legacies of the Soviet era.


The event is part of the series ZOiS Forum. The ZOiS Forum brings together academic, artistic, and political perspectives on the issues driving Eastern Europe today.