Regional cooperation and the CIS: West European lessons and post-Soviet experience

H. A. Welsh, J. P. Willerton

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The push-pull of integrative and disintegrative forces structures the potential for intergovernmental policy cooperation and institution building among the states of the former USSR. These states have encountered conditions and policy dilemmas which are not easily addressed unilaterally and which require intergovernmental solutions. We explore post-Soviet multilateral bargaining and the initial development of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), with this experience set against the background of over 40 years of West European experience and achievement in regional cooperation and integration. We highlight the complexity of post-Soviet efforts by analyzing the interplay of forces encouraging and undercutting intergovernmental cooperation. Special attention is given to the initial - preparatory - statue of multilateral agenda setting and institution building. We contend that regional cooperation and long-term integration entail dynamic and lengthy intergovernmental policy struggles, often complex consensus-building formulas, and piecemeal policy implementation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-61
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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