ASEAN–EAEU–SCO: Integration Segment of the Greater Eurasian Partnership
The major regional associations in the Eurasian space are systematically working to intensify cooperation. In 2005, the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed a memorandum of understanding. In 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) and ASEAN signed a memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation. In 2021, the EEC and the SCO Secretariat signed a memorandum of understanding. In addition, the EEC and ASEAN adopted a join action programme until 2025. In September 2021, during the Eastern Economic Forum, the SCO Secretary-General proposed that Eurasia’s largest regional organizations – the EAEU, SCO and ASEAN – hold consultations to develop new approaches to cooperation in an effort to avoid competition between different integration initiatives and to also shape the concept of the Greater Eurasian Partnership. How can a dialogue between the largest regional associations contribute to the formation of the Greater Eurasian Partnership? What key focuses of cooperation – financial, economic, investment, transport, energy, and digitalization – could form the basis of the ASEAN–EAEU–SCO integration segment? Do CIS and CICA share the ideas of Greater Eurasia? What integration and other best practices of certain organizations should be implemented at others? How could collaboration between regional organizations contribute to the stabilization of the economic situation in the changing world? What tasks can key regional organizations focus on when building up their potential?