Asia-Pacific Security


Looking Back: Peace in Eurasia, 2013

In 2013, Europe was a peaceful place, but elsewhere in Eurasia, things were not as peaceful. This eventful year promises an interesting 2014.

Looking Back on 2013: What Is Its Legacy?

Understanding that the world has found itself in a period of interregnum, or “time without a trajectory,” is the key legacy of 2013.

Snowden's Geopolitical Revelations

Edward Snowden revealed a lot not only about the National Security Agency activities, but also about the state of the world.

Russia’s Best Gift Ever to China. A Conservative Trend in China and Its Effects

The growth of the Chinese economy has been remarkable, but it was largely sustained by a phenomenal inflow of foreign capital and forced construction of infrastructure. Now fossilized in state capitalism, China may forfeit a mechanism for autonomous growth.

A Tale of Two NATOs: How Russia Can Cope With or Use Them

Russia may face a danger of becoming a “super Finland,” neutralized and marginalized between the NATO and China. To avoid this, Russia can strengthen its ties with the East-Asian countries.

PLA and the Pentagon: Get Connected!

The intensification of the Sino-Japanese standoff in the East China Sea calls for better communication between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and the Pentagon.

Why Syria Makes Russia Rebalance Its Policy in Asia-Pacific

The situation in Asia-Pacific will not allow an easy establishment of a solid international security arrangement.

Russia and Japan: 2+2=?

As Russia and Japan are carefully embarking on a fresh attempt to fully normalize their relations, closer and more regular contacts in the foreign and security field, including military exercises, may be useful as confidence-building.

“Russia, Russia, Wherefore Art Thou Russia?”

“National identity” and “nationalism”—there is nothing permanent about them. They vary, depending upon who speaks about them, and they change as time goes by. Those who resort to ultra-nationalism now in Russia had better hurry, because the nation states are losing efficacy, and values transform as economy and society change.

Russia Needs Immigrants Anyway, But Not Too Many

The simple axiom is: as far as you have a sufficient economic growth, you can be generous to the immigrants, but if the economy goes wrong, you should limit the inflow of foreign workers. The Russian economy is now ill, with a growth rate at slightly above one percent. And the more frustrated the Russians become, the more acute the ethnic problem becomes.
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