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Andrey Gubin: Shall we secure DPRK to be secured?

Recent 2 years there were some rumors in world media and blogosphere that North Korean leadership had been conducting remarkable economic reforms. However this hardly is true – perhaps we can say only Labour Party elite recognizes crisis of command administrative system and tries to enhance export production as well as ease burden of obligatory labour. North Korean regime doesn’t care much on economic development mostly due to ideological limitations. Acting economy pattern cannot improve...

28.02.2016 13:32:00

Andrey Gubin: Russian Initiatives On Atomic Energy Within The Asia Pacific

... most popular export product is 3rd generation light water reactor. The gross sum of contracts in 2014 exceeded 100 billion USD and demand tends to grow up as there is an evident need for reliable source of alternative energy among developing countries. Asia Pacific or even broader Indo-Pacific reckon on rising economies as the main source of sustainable growth. Rosatom claims the integrated services as the main competitive advantage. It includes building plant and grids, training personnel, regular ...

26.08.2015 09:53:00

Chris Miller: Russia’s Second Asian Pivot

... economic development in Siberia and the Soviet Far East, and calling for more exports—the economic motor that had driven development in other East Asian countries. But increased trade was only possible if the Soviet Union played an active role in the Asia Pacific region. Gorbachev argued that Soviet citizens needed to take Asia more seriously. The reasons were geography and economics. “Many major states of the world,” Gorbachev argued, “including the United States, India, China, ...

12.03.2015 06:39:00

Peter Gordon: "East of Eden - The RFE and the Asian Economic Miracle"

Seen at least from the perspective of East Asia, the Russian Far East (RFE) is very much the odd man out when it comes to the regional economic miracle of the last generation. There are multiple reasons for the RFE having largely missed this boat, but it cannot be put down merely to the legacy of Socialism, for Heilongjiang across the border has managed to enrich itself greatly. Deficiencies in institutions — such as the rule of law — are hindrances, but again, China has managed. Nor...

04.03.2015 09:14:00

Andrey Gubin: Is there a naval arms race in the Asia Pacific?

... effective in task forces formed under the main battle task: anti-aircraft and ballistic missile defence; anti-submarine and surface ships warfare; supporting the amphibious operation or suppressing enemy’s military and economic infrastructure. In the Asia Pacific Aegis-equipped ships are deployed by the USA, Japan and Republic of Korea. There are plans in Australia, Canada, Taiwan to build such destroyers. Moreover China and Russia have Aegis analogs of indigenous design. It’s notable that Aegis-equipped ...

22.09.2014 07:44:00

Japan Exempted from Russian Countermeasures: Russian-Japanese Partnership Reaffirmed

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 in Serbia. He holds Bachelor of Economics from Tohoku University in Japan, Master in International Affairs from the Geneva Graduate Institute, and has also studied at University of California at Davis and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. ...

07.08.2014 18:12:00

Opening The Sanction Magicbox: Myth of Japanese Sanction Against Russia

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 in Serbia. He holds Bachelor of Economics from Tohoku University in Japan, Master in International Affairs from the Geneva Graduate Institute, and has also studied at University of California at Davis and Moscow State Institute of International Relations. ...

21.07.2014 12:15:00

Over the Sixty-Eight-Year Battle of Prestige –Revealing Hidden Dimensions of the Southern Kuril Territorial Dispute Settlement

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, uncountable proposals to resolve the dispute have emerged from both sides; nevertheless, they all were torn apart by political unwillingness. Most recently, Japanese newspaper Asahi Shinbun reported on August 9 that the negotiation over the territorial dispute settlement would be reopened on 19 August in...

11.09.2013 17:52:00

Alliance Redefined – Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Changing Landscape of Eurasian Geopolitics

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 important global power to new Russia. Historically, the U.S. has built its unprecedented prosperity through strategically countering its prime enemy of each time; first it was the British Empire, then the Soviet Union after the World War II, and today the honorable seat of recognition...

05.09.2013 16:56:00

Look, who is the best friend of Russia in Japan? –An economic consequence of Japanese election 2013 on Russia-Japan relations

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 as any other country cannot think in an outdated framework of “you are either with us or against us.” Yet, we also must not dismiss the fact that there is a substantial difference between friendship and best-friendship. Therefore, for Russia to develop stable and favorable economic relations with...

19.08.2013 17:59:00

Wait, New Japan Just Forgot About Russia? –A political consequence of Japanese election 2013 on Russia-Japan relations

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 with an ever-mightier momentum and democratic mandate to push forward agendas of the most pressing national importance. In Russia as well as abroad, the result of Abe’s landslide winning provoked a variety of discussions; yet, a few international analyses have outlined how the election was...

16.08.2013 17:10:00

Who Makes What in Japan –An Insight of Japanese Policymaking System

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 congress (衆議院: House of Representatives) of Japan. After coming through a period of unpopularity, fragmentation, and total political destruction, the LDP finally restored its historic influence over Japanese foreign and economic policymaking. Many foreign experts and business persons welcomed...

10.08.2013 02:57:00

Unfinished War? –Why Russia and Japan are still at “the state of war” after half a century

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 “at the state of war” since there has been no conclusive peace treaty signed after the World War II. The statement brought an apparent surprise to many participants, although a majority of them were students and specialists in international affairs with specific expertise in Russian foreign...

06.08.2013 16:02:00

Artyom Lukin: NATO’s Asia-Pacific Dilemma

The ongoing shift of the global geopolitics’ center of gravity toward the Asia-Pacific raises the question about the role in this region of the world’s most powerful political-military alliance – NATO. To be more specific, this question is about the potential role for NATO’s European wing, because the United States has been a major Pacific power since the mid-19th century and, in recent years, has made the Asia-Pacific the top foreign policy priority. Washington also would...

05.08.2013 12:29:00

Artyom Lukin: Realism Meets Neo-Marxism: will capitalism bring an end to American hegemony?

The rivalry between the US and China for primacy in the Asia-Pacific, and then possibly on a global scale, is becoming the main story of world politics in the first decades of the twenty-first century. But how, in the first place, did China grow so strong as to be able to challenge the world’s only (as yet) super-power? The answer is well known: the colossal growth of China’s economy. From 1980 to 2012, the PRC’s GDP increased 50 times.[1] As one might have expected, Beijing is...

07.06.2013 12:43:00

Alain Guidetti: Web-Editorial: Asia-Pacific in 2013: A New Political Landscape?

Recent elections in the United States, China, Japan and the Republic of Korea brought new Administrations to power in early 2013. Though it is too early to make meaningful prognostics as regards their impact on the fragile regional stability, the incumbent leaderships will undoubtedly shape a new political landscape in the Asia-Pacific. In particular, they may impact some of the most sensitive regional issues, from the sovereignty dispute in the China Seas to the acute tensions between China and...

07.06.2013 12:13:00

Paul Richardson: Geopolitical Rivalry in the Asia-Pacific

At noon on the 1st of October 2012, the first Osprey V-22 aircraft landed at Futenma Marine Corps Air Station on Japan’s Okinawa Island. The controversial deployment of this ungainly looking aircraft (a hybrid between a helicopter and fixed-wing plane) has exposed tensions between centre and periphery in Japanese politics, revealed major fault-lines in the U.S.-Japan military alliance, and demonstrated far-wider strategic shifts and geopolitical miscalculations by key states in East Asia. ...

19.05.2013 07:55:00

Paul Richardson: Russia’s balancing role in the Asia-Pacific

Globalization and geopolitics are the two defining features of contemporary international relations. Yet there exists a fundamental tension between these two processes - one refers to a deepening and broadening flow of trade, goods, people, and information; the other to exclusive political and military control over space. These competing characteristics of global politics are coming into particularly sharp focus in the Asia-Pacific, especially in the case of the South China Sea. Today, around half...

19.05.2013 07:42:00

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