In Between East and West

Kazushige Kobayashi

My blog at RIAC is mainly about Russian engagement in Asia-Pacific region, with particular accent to Russia-Japan relations, but also extending to a broader implication of Russian foreign and economic policy as one of the most vibrant emerging countries in the world.

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August 7, 2014

Kazushige Kobayashi is a doctoral student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland, and a research fellow with the Europe-Asia Programme at the Balkan Security Agenda…

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July 21, 2014

Kazushige Kobayashi is a doctoral student in International Relations at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland, and a research fellow with the Europe-Asia Programme at the Balkan Security Agenda…

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June 29, 2014

The article originally appeared at the Balkan Security Agenda's analytical blog (http://www.balsec.org/category/blog/).         On 28 June 2014, 100 years have passed since the initiation of the World War I. The world…

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September 13, 2013

        Everybody wonders why I decided to live and work in Moscow. The first question I receive from new friends and colleagues here is always, Why Russia? Why leaving Japan behind? Why not enjoying lake and chocolate in…

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September 11, 2013

          From 1945 to date, the southern Kuril Islands (particularly Iturp, Kunashir, Shikotan, and Habamai) have been a very frontier of Russo-Japanese battle of prestige. Over the last sixty-eight years…

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September 5, 2013

        The Soviet Union did not lose the Cold War; it was the United States who lost the Soviet Union. After the Soviet disintegration, it was America who felt a huge hole of nostalgia in her heart while the U.S. remained an…

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August 19, 2013

          The demise of the Cold War urged us to grow our brain out of the simplified friend-foe dichotomy. Reintegrating herself into an increasingly globalized world of the 21st century, Russia as well…

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August 16, 2013

          The returning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have successfully regain full control over the upper and lower congresses of Japan in July 2013; now they are equipped…

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August 14, 2013

          Today’s global business faces a pressing call for incorporating social responsibility into a calculus of strategic profit making. Although good corporate citizenship has become one of universal criteria…

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August 10, 2013

          On July 2013, the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) won general election of the upper house by landslide and achieved its full control over both the upper congress (参議院: House of Councilors) and lower…

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August 7, 2013

        The worldwide financial meltdown of 2007 has triggered countless emotional responses at every single corner of the world. Fears marched and myths triumphed. Some claimed that all capitalist states are prone to be…

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August 6, 2013

          At an international summer program of MGIMO (Russian Foreign Ministry Moscow State Institute of International Relations), more than a few professors mentioned that Russia and Japan are still technically…

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