Asia-Pacific Security


Is a New Japanese-Russian Rapprochement in the Air?

After an uncharacteristically friendly Japanese-Russian high-level meeting in Sochi, there is speculation about new efforts to solve the two countries’ dispute over the Kuril Islands.

Asia’s Rise, Russia, and the Future of the Global Order

This week, Kevin Rudd, president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Australian prime minister, will be visiting Moscow. Speaking at the Carnegie Moscow Center on February 18, 2016, Kevin Rudd outlined Chinese foreign policy under Xi Jinping. In a new article written exclusively for, he articulates his vision for Russia’s possible role in Asia.

Sino-Russian Trade After a Year of Sanctions

Putin's visit to China is his first since the West's introduction of sectoral sanctions against Russia. Moscow’s hopes for greater engagement with China have gone unfulfilled. Due to falling commodity prices, sanctions, the volatility of the ruble and the economic crisis in Russia, trade and investments continue to decline, while agreeing on new deals is becoming increasingly difficult.

The Silence of the Bear: Deciphering Russia’s Showing at Shangri-La Dialogue

Triumphant summits between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping may end with propaganda fanfare, but multilateral meetings are where one can really measure the progress of Russia’s “pivot to Asia”. Moscow’s showing at the recent Shangri-La Dialogue is an indicative example.

Smiles and Waves: What Xi Jinping Took Away From Moscow

The Xi’s visit to Moscow was the realization of a “win-win” formula beloved by the Chinese. The negotiations between Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin can be seen as a shared symbolic victory and as a broad declaration of good intentions, but the fight over who can benefit more in practical terms has already begun

Selling S-400s to China: A New Front in the Cold War?

According to Russian military experts, the new S-400 missile system can reach distances of up to 400 km. This range signifies a fundamental change in the rules of the game in Taiwan and the Senkaku Islands, two potential hot spots where China is involved.

Lee Kuan Yew and Russia: Role Model for Hire?

The post-Soviet elites use the system that Lee Kuan Yew constructed in Singapore to justify political crackdown. However, Lee himself believed that resource-based dictatorships will fail to replicate Singapore’s success, since restricting freedoms is not the cornerstone of his model.

Russo-Turkish and Russo-Indian Nuclear Cooperation: A Template for the Future?

Though largely overlooked by international media, Russia has signed several significant nuclear energy agreements over the last several months. These agreements give Russia an opportunity to develop nuclear cooperation with India, Turkey, and Iran, as well as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Egypt, where Russia plans to build nuclear plants too.

Indian Cyber Front

Over the past few years, India has been paying increasing attention to the threats of crime, terrorism, and espionage in cyberspace.

All Quiet on the Eastern Front: Equilibrium Ad Interim in East Asia

While dreadful news continues to pour out of Ukraine and the Middle East, East Asia appears to have found an equilibrium—at least for the time being.
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