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 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
    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.

  • Op-Ed China Policy Institute Blog April 26, 2016
    Did Western Sanctions Affect Sino-Russian Economic Ties?

    The future of Sino-Russian finance cooperation is difficult to predict, as is the trajectory of these two large countries. If the current fundamentals are still there we may expect to see deepening partnership.

  • Commentary April 22, 2016 Русский
    A Pivot to Nowhere: The Realities of Russia’s Asia Policy

    Two years after the Kremlin’s rift with the West, Moscow’s hopes that a new business relationship with Asia would make up for Russia’s losses have not materialized. President Putin and other members of the elite did not commit themselves strongly to the idea of a “pivot to Asia.” Only certain parts of the private sector have benefited.

  • European Union Institute for Security Studies April 7, 2016
    Future Approaches to China

    The likely evolution of Sino-Russian ties will be towards a partnership, where one side (Moscow) will be more dependent on the other side (Beijing). The picture may be very different if the EU-Russia relationship radically improves, but this is unlikely to happen.

  • Op-Ed Russian International Affairs Council December 30, 2015 Русский
    2016: Where China Will Clash With Russia

    While Moscow and Beijing are unlikely to see much political friction, three economic areas offer possible points of contention: the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, ASEAN, and the Silk Road Economic Belt project.

  • Op-Ed Global Times December 22, 2015
    Russia and the West: No Easy Way Forward in New Year

    In comparison to 2014, 2015 was at least a somewhat positive year for relations between Russia and the West. However, it is unlikely that these relations will improve in the near future.

  • Op-Ed Digital Russia December 7, 2015
    Digital Bromance: The Sino-Russian Partnership Racing Ahead

    Sino-Russian digital cooperation is robust and mature. This relationship is much broader than a simple alliance of conspiracy-minded governments seeking to protect their citizens from hostile forces.

  • Op-Ed Global Times December 2, 2015
    Contradictory Goal, Political Machismo Make Russian-Turkish Ties Hard to Mend

    The conflict between Moscow and Ankara may make it difficult to reach an agreement on a future political settlement in Syria and further diminish the chances of a meaningful anti-terrorism alliance between Russia and the West.


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