"Города-близнецы": новая форма приграничного сотрудничества в балтийском регионе?
The article is devoted to the city pair of Blagoveshchensk (Russia) and Heihe (People’s Republic of China), the only city pair in Russian-Chinese borderland that describes itself with the term “twin-cities”. The current contribution reconstructs the history of appearance of the twin-cities concept in Russian-Chinese agenda. On the basis of interviews and questionnaires collected in the cities in question the paper examines specificity of understanding of “twin-cities” concept and its practical execution in the Asian context. Exploring the extent to which the twin-cities relations model is applicable to Russian-Chinese border cities, the author concludes that cooperation predominantly exists in a form of bilateral annual events in various spheres (culture, education, sport, etc.) and dialog between delegations of region’s/city’s representatives, not in a form of direct people-to-people or institution-to-institution cooperation. The lack of local initiatives to cooperate (almost zero-amount of initiatives not from region’s/city’s administrations) is named as a main drawback of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe relations. While planned character of cooperation makes the calendar of joint events stable and predictable, it also keeps Russian-Chinese cooperation staying on the ritual level and prevents it to become a necessary part of everyday life.
The Pan-European Institute publishes a quarterly discussion forum Baltic Rim Economies (BRE) which focuses on the development of the Baltic Sea region. In BRE, high level public and corporate decision makers, representatives of Academia, and several other experts contribute to the discussion.
The paper analyzes the economic relations of the Belarusian-Russian-Ukrainian border (BRUP) in the context of integration processes within the CIS and the TC / EEA. Provides a comprehensive assessment of the potential cross-border cooperation. Explore cross-border trade, industrial, investment and migration relations, the interaction of the regions in the field of education, defines the role of individual institutions to harness the potential of cross-border cooperation.
The comparative analyses of the group mental imagery characteristics and impact factors is the main focus of the article.
This paper is a result of a study “Cross-border cooperation in regions of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine” which was carried out by the Eurasian Development Bank. The authors described the economic situation in the borderland of three countries at present and functional relations between border regions, assess the potential of cross-border cooperation, its institutions and the state today. Econometric methods are applied to an evaluation of the relation between mutual trade and economic growth in the condition of border’s different barrier role. Measures aimed to a better use of the economic, social and resource potential of border regions and to the increase of their role in the processes of integration are recommended
The current state and prospects of the cross border cooperation of the state administration bodies for mutual assistance during natural and manmade disasters is analyzed. The relevant issues of funding mutual assistance between neighboring EU states are considered.
Proceedings of papers presented at the Joint Workshop on Borderlands Modelling and Understanding for Global Sustainability carried out under the auspices of three international associations of researchers: 1) ISPRS - International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; 2) IGU - International Geographical Union; 3) ICA - International Cartographic Association.