The Former Soviet Space

21CQ is interested in all of the 15 successor countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), but also in the strategic health and stability of this critical region, as well as its interactions with neighbouring strategic regions. Key objectives for this tranche of 21CQ work include:

  1. ensuring long-term, sustainable peace among Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and neighbouring post-Soviet states.
  2. • 21CQ led the world in floating what remains the most viable algorithm for solving the conflict between Russian and Ukraine, dating back to 2014 – namely, the insertion of peacekeeping troops from Asia into the Donbass region as a fillip for a broader peace deal involving sovereignty and security guarantees, economic investment (from Asia, Russia, Europe and North America), constitutional reform in Ukraine, special economic zones in the southeast of Ukraine, and “interstitial” mechanisms binding the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union via Ukraine.

  3. building new-century “interstitial” mechanisms to bind post-Soviet blocs like the Eurasian Economic Union in peace and prosperity (and avoiding regulatory or strategic collision) with neighbouring blocs like the European Union, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the USMCA (NAFTA 2.0), and future Middle Eastern structures (see 21CQ’s work on Western Asian Security Framework)
  4. promoting a Pax Arctica in which Russia is a productive and peaceable partner with other Arctic states (see 21CQ’s work on The Future of the Arctic).
  5. improving the quality of governance and public administration in all post-Soviet states.

21CQ makes its arguments and interventions in support of its goals through conferences, briefings, publications, private and public interventions, as well as Track 1, Track 1.5 and Track 2 initiatives in the region and around the world.

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