Integration for Development: New Horizons
The Commonwealth of Independent States celebrated its 30th anniversary late last year. Integration within the CIS has proven to be sustainable. Today, the CIS is not only a platform for dialogue, but an actual tool for supporting and developing longstanding trade, economic, and humanitarian ties. In the post-Soviet space, formats with different extends of integration, such as the Union State of Russia and Belarus and the Eurasian Economic Union, operate in parallel. However, they do not compete, but complement each other. It is now clear that betting on integration at different levels and different speeds, which gave the partners in the CIS the opportunity to choose their own format of participation, ultimately turned out to be correct. Could one say the post-Soviet space has become a kind of global laboratory of integration processes? What role do these processes play in world economic relations? All these associations primarily function for economic purposes. But is the economy the only driving force behind integration processes? What does progressive integration mean for countries of the post-Soviet space? What role do these associations play in overcoming the negative consequences of the pandemic and building a new global economy in the post-COVID era? What areas of collaboration within the CIS should become key, taking into account these integration processes and the general foreign policy and economic situation in the region and the world?