“Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Relations with China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and ASEAN”
Anna Kireeva, Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies and Research Fellow at the Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects at Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Moderated by Elizabeth Wishnick, Montclair State University
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
International Affairs Building
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219)
No registration required
Russia’s focus on East Asia policy has been stimulated by its bid to achieve a more balanced foreign policy and to foster economic, political, and security cooperation in the most rapidly developing region of East Asia, as well as stimulate the development of Siberia and the Far East. Although it was declared a strategic priority at the beginning of the 21st century, the level of actual engagement could be characterized as critically insufficient. Deterioration of relations with the U.S. and Europe made Russia accelerate its Asian pivot, or turn to the East, as a safeguard against Western sanctions to guarantee Russia’s development.
Despite the fact that initial conditions were extremely unfavorable, Russia’s relations with East Asia have seen a lot of developments in recent years, with a primary focus on deepening its relationship with China. How balanced has Russia’s pivot to Asia been since then and what challenges is it facing? What new momentum has been added to Russia’s relations with Japan under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe since 2016 and with South Korea following the power transition to President Moon Jae-in in 2017, and what obstacles remain? What is to be made of Russia’s relationship with ASEAN and Russia’s stance on the nuclear and missile program of North Korea? Dr. Anna Kireeva will cover these topics and assess the progress and challenges of Russia’s pivot to Asia.
Co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute