Once More With Feeling: Russia and the Asia-Pacific

Author
Bobo Lo
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Abstract
The rise of Asia is the central challenge of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, calling into question long-standing assumptions about Russia’s place in the world. Moscow is now more committed to engagement with the Asia-Pacific than it has ever been. This reflects belated recognition of the region’s critical importance in global affairs. Russia’s ambition to become a major player in the Asia-Pacific faces considerable hurdles. Overcoming them will depend on larger changes in its foreign policy mindset — an uncertain prospect at best.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Geopolitics, Economy, Vladimir Putin
Political Geography
Russia, Asia-Pacific