Eurasia’s Middle Corridor: An Atlanticist frenzy to stifle Europe-Asia integration

02 Jan 2023

Eurasia’s Middle Corridor: An Atlanticist frenzy to stifle Europe-Asia integration

Geopolitical interests between the Anglo-American establishment and the Sino-Russian-led axis will clash over the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route.

By Matthew Ehret

January 2, 2023

https://thecradle.co/Article/Analysis/19949

 

On 12 December 2022, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a conference on the future of Eurasia’s Middle Corridor, a transport and energy infrastructure development project that stretches from the resource-rich Caspian Sea to Europe.

At the meeting, leading Atlanticist officials paid particular attention to how to ‘frame’ this strategic global transportation hub developing outside of their control.

They emphasized that the nations standing most to gain by the inevitable growth of the Middle Corridor should not characterize themselves as an east-west “regional hub” connecting Europe to China, but rather as a standalone zone of wealth – independent of China, and supportive of a declining EU.

The value of the Middle Corridor has increased significantly in the past year due to two main factors. First, the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and second, the urgency to “decarbonizing” those nations still trapped within the Atlanticist sphere of influence.

 

Map of the Middle Corridor (Photo Credit: The Cradle)

 

The Middle Corridor gets its name from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which was launched in 2013. It consists of three corridors of development designed to promote trade and inter-civilizational commerce on an east-west basis. These corridors are the Northern Corridor, the Southern Corridor, and the Middle Corridor.