Alexander Gabuev

Senior Associate and Chair
Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program
Moscow Center
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Gabuev is a senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.


MA, Stock Markets and Investments, Higher School of Economics (2013)
MA, Chinese History, Moscow State University (2009)
BA, Chinese History, Moscow State University (2007)


Chinese; English; German; Russian

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Alexander Gabuev is a senior associate and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research is focused on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors—especially those in Central Asia.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Gabuev was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant publishing house and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, one of Russia’s most influential newsweeklies. Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of then president Dmitry Medvedev’s press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. His reporting covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy.

Gabuev has previously worked as a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and taught courses on Chinese energy policy and political culture at Moscow State University.

Gabuev is a Munich Young Leader of Munich International Security Conference and a member of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Russia).

  • Commentary September 15, 2016 Русский
    The Wrong Forum: Russian Engagement in the Asia-Pacific

    Though it serves to gain from greater engagement in the Asia-Pacific, Russia’s policy toward the region has been highly inconsistent. Why doesn’t Putin attend the East Asia Summit or participate in other important regional initiatives?

  • Op-Ed National Bureau of Asian Research August 9, 2016
    China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative and the Sino-Russian Entente

    Russia clearly needs China much more than China needs Russia. China has a diversified economy, including multiple sources of hydrocarbons, and therefore Russia is definitely the dependent partner.

  • Commentary July 5, 2016 Русский
    Russia and China: Little Brother or Big Sister?

    Russian foreign policy is so fixated on the idea of equal partnership that it has lost sight of the pragmatic tasks of how to benefit from the partnership with China most effectively and with minimal risks.

  • Commentary July 1, 2016 Русский
    Imagined Integration: How Russia Can Maintain Its Influence in Central Asia

    Moscow should stop thinking of the other members of the Eurasian Economic Union as junior partners. Russian and Central Asian weakness vis-à-vis China should inspire consolidation and cooperation rather than competition.

  • Paper June 29, 2016
    Friends With Benefits? Russian-Chinese Relations After the Ukraine Crisis

    Facing sanctions from the West after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has reoriented its economy toward China. The results of the shift are mixed, but if trends continue, Moscow is likely to drift further into Beijing’s embrace. An asymmetrical interdependence is emerging, with global implications.

  • Op-Ed War on the Rocks June 28, 2016
    Russia’s “China Dreams” Are Less of a Fantasy Than You Think

    The growing Sino-Russian partnership is spurred not only by growing anti-Americanism, but more importantly by Russia’s quest for external economic support to keep the regime afloat in the wake of Western sanctions.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy June 25, 2016 中文
    China’s Pivot to Putin’s Friends

    The Moscow-Beijing partnership is stalling. But Xi is winning over the Russian president’s inner circle with favorable loans and sweetheart energy deals.

  • Commentary June 10, 2016 Русский
    Russia’s Prospective Niche on the Asian Security Market

    Russia has finally hit on a security agenda of interest to its Asian partners. Buoyed by its success in Syria, Moscow is presenting itself as a standard-bearer in the war on Islamic terrorism and a source of cutting-edge practices for ASEAN countries that are facing this problem. The Syrian campaign is also helping to promote Russian military technology on Asian markets.

  • Commentary June 7, 2016 Русский 中文
    Should Russia Be Afraid of Chinese Plans in the Far East?

    A recent memorandum of cooperation signed by Moscow and Beijing has Russians worried about Chinese “colonization” of the Far East. However, a careful analysis of the situation suggests there is little reason for Russians to fear Chinese industrial expansionism.

  • Op-Ed Kommersant June 3, 2016 Русский
    Putin-Xi Friendship Driving Russia-China Ties

    In the last two years the warm friendship between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping is perhaps the only reason why large deals are still being made.


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