Integration Processes in Asia and Africa
- The course provides a mix of theory, empirical evidence, legal and institutional detail. Students will be able to know and analyze preconditions and effects of trade and monetary integration, know about modern trends in economic integration. The course is based on two main pillars: the first one requires learning of the theory of integration, basic concepts of regional integration, theories of international economic integration, forms of integration, such as a preferential trade agreement, a free trade area, customs union, common market, economic union, and total (political) integration. Such a modern branch of international law as integration law is also examined as a part of the theoretical aspects of modern integration. Another part of the course is substantially devoted to analyzing existing integration blocs and associations in the countries of Asia and Africa.
- to conduct a qualitative and quantitative analysis of integration processes in Asia and Africa
- to identify factors and trends that determine the development of integration processes and highlight their development prospects in the 21st century
- to distinguish an integration block from a general international organization
- to distinguish various forms and stages of integration.
- to formulate interconnections between globalization, internationalization, and integration
- to conduct “case studies” on the topic.
- to effectively work with literature and different types of information resources, to locate, analyze, evaluate, synthesize information from a wide variety of sources.
- to identify and explain the basic concepts of regional economic integration
- Overview of International Integration theory, possibility and the need for integration.Internationalization and globalization of the world economy and Asian and African countries as factors that strengthen integration processes.
- Regional integration.“Closed” and “open” regionalism in integration processes in Asia and Africa.
- International economic integration.Forms and stages of integration (a preferential trade agreement, a free trade area, customs union, common market, economic union, and total (political) integration). B.Balassa concept.
- Theories of Integration law.Positive and negative integration cases.
- Integration blocs in East Asia and the Asia Pacific. ASEAN.Transpacific Partnership/Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as next-generation integration agreements
- Integration blocs in the Middle East and Africa.“Multi-speed” integration cases.
- Class attendance35% of final grade
- Participation at the class work15% of final grade
- Exam30% of final grade
- Group discussion and readings20% of final grade
- Interim assessment (4 module)0.35 * Class attendance + 0.3 * Exam + 0.2 * Group discussion and readings + 0.15 * Participation at the class work
- Miroslav N. Jovanović. (2015). The Economics of International Integration, Second Edition. Edward Elgar Publishing.
- O. V. Butorina, & N. Y. Kaveshnikov. (2020). Ten Years of the Department of European Integration in Mgimo-University.
- William E. James. (2008). Brick by Brick: the building of an ASEAN economic community - Edited by Denis Hew. Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2, 65. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8411.2008.00222_10.x
- Schiff, M. (DE-627)1240248334, (DE-576)17024833X, aut. (2003). Regional integration and development Maurice Schiff and L. Alan Winters.
- Wiśniewska, I. (DE-588)1157021379, (DE-576)187539073. (2013). Eurasian integration : Russia’s attempt at the economic unification of the Post-Soviet area / Iwona Wiśniewska ; Co-operation: Ewa Fischer, Wojciech Górecki, Szymon Kardaś, Marek Menkiszak, Agata Wierzbowska-Miazga. Centre for Eastern Studies.