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SOAS China Institute

A Russian Pivot to Asia?: Putin’s strategic thinking on China, North Korea and Northeast Asia

Anna Kireeva
Anna Kireeva (MGIMO University, Russia)

Date: 23 October 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 23 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Seminar


Russia is striving to strengthen its positions in East Asia as a major regional player and an independent power, with the main goal of providing stimulus for developing Russia’s regions of Siberia and the Far East. Attempts to accelerate Russia’s Pivot to Asia, amid the rift with the U.S. and Europe, took place in the extremely unfavorable conditions of a ‘perfect storm’. Enhancing Russia’s strategic cooperation with China proved to be its major dimension. At the same time, amid heightened security tensions in East Asia, especially on the Korean Peninsula, aggravating Russia-US relations and US-China regional competition, Russia is facing the challenge of sustaining balance within its East Asian policy and making it efficient, as overdependence on China with unbalanced economic relations is threatening Russia’s positions. Dr. Anna Kireeva will assess the core dimensions of Russia’s strategy in the region and challenges that Russia is facing in intensifying its Pivot to Asia.  


Anna Kireeva is an Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies and Research Fellow at Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), the MFA of Russia. Her research focuses on the strategies and foreign policy of great powers in East Asia: China, Japan, U.S., and Russia as well as India as an emerging power. In particular, her research centers on the transformation of the East Asian regional order and territorial disputes, Russia’s Asian pivot, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Japan’s foreign policy and national security policy transformation and the U.S. rebalance to Asia and post-pivot policy.

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