11 September 2019, 9 a.m.
V Sadech 1, Prague 6
In the course of the last decades, Europe has been witnessing a significant economic rise of
East Asia, where China has become the dominant actor. Chinese economic reforms have been accompanied by power expansion which led to the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, a flagship project of the president Xi Jinping. A development path of its own is also pursued by Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin who in 2015 launched the project of the Eurasian Economic Union in conjunction with four other post-Soviet states‘ representatives.
Since 2012, Russia has been reorienting to the non-Western world, favouring relations with countries participating in the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). The SCO, accounting for virtually half of the world population and generating the same GDP volume as the EU does, strives for a reform of the global order, fairer and more equal and democratic conditions in international politics. The main aim of the conference is to analyse the potential of the SCO as the main non-Western organisation in Eurasia and define the areas both of (possible) cooperation and conflicts in relation to the EU and also among individual member states themselves.