Public lecture video by Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS). This lecture was held on January 25, 2018. The speakers were James D.J. Brown, Associate Professor, Temple University, Japan Campus; Anna Kireeva, Associate Professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations; and Cheng Zheng, Senior Researcher, Organization for Regional and Inter-regional Studies, Waseda University.
With relations with the West at a historic low, Russia has accelerated its efforts to develop closer ties with Northeast Asia. Central to this strategy is Moscow’s relationship with China, which is now characterized as “the best ever”. With the encouragement of Prime Minister Abe, relations with Japan have also improved significantly, culminating in the year of Japan and Russia in 2018. On the Korean peninsula too, Moscow plays an active role in seeking resolution to the North Korean crisis, while, under President Moon’s “New Northern Policy”, relations with South Korea are also set to receive renewed emphasis. The panelists assess the causes and significance of these developments, and offer insight into the longer term prospects of Russia’s relations with Northeast Asia.