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The Post-Soviet regional integration process

Ertürk, Muhsin
This thesis examines the Russian-led regional integration processes that emerged after the dissolution of the USSR. The disintegration of the Soviet Union resulted in the break up of economic, social and technological ties between the member states. This situation led the countries in the post-Soviet area to face deep economic and social crises. Many different integration efforts have been carried out in order to eliminate these problems and to establish new ties between the newly independent countries that emerged following the disintegration. These integration processes are examined in light of the prominent theories on regionalism, such as Neofunctionalism, Liberal Intergovernmentalism and New Regionalism Approach. Therefore, examining the regional integration processes, this thesis aims to examine the factors that facilitate and complicate the Russian-led post-Soviet regional integration process.