Since its formation in 2011, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) has had less impact than its opponents feared, and less than Russia hoped. Nonetheless, the EEU has had a noticeable effect on members’ trade, tariffs, and regulatory environments. Russia would like to extend the EEU’s reach, not only by taking in new members, but also by signing trade agreements with external partners. So far, however, the EU has not figured prominently in these plans. In this period of changing political and economic alignments, Dr Jeffrey Mankoff argues that the future relationship between the EU and EEU remains very much an open question.
About the Speaker:
Dr Jeffrey Mankoff is Deputy Director and Senior Fellow with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program. He previously served as an adviser on U.S.-Russia relations at the U.S. Department of State as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. From 2008 to 2010, he was associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University and an adjunct fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition to his policy research, Dr. Mankoff teaches courses on international security and Central Asia at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Dr. Mankoff has held academic fellowships at Harvard, Yale, and Moscow State Universities.