Some Thoughts and Observations on Russian Studies in South East Asia

The first Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit has provoked a heated discussion concerning the information gap between Russia and ASEAN member states including the sphere of Russian studies in South East Asia and South East Asian studies in Russia. As a follow-up to this discussion ASEAN Centre web-site publishes a comment by Dr. Paradorn Rangsimaporn.

Paradorn Rangsimaporn completed his doctorate degree in International Relations at St.Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK, specializing in Russian foreign policy. He is the author of Russia as an Aspiring Great Power in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and articles in Asian Survey and Europe-Asia Studies. In October-November 2005 Dr. Rangsimaporn was a visiting researcher at MGIMO-University (Russia). He can be considered one of few researchers from Southeast Asia professionally specializing in the studies of Russia.

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Russia’s growing presence in Southeast Asia

Participants in the Valdai International Discussion Club roundtable, “Russia-ASEAN relations: Regional dynamics in Southeast Asia”, spoke about new opportunities for cooperation and the prospects of economic relations between Russia and ASEAN nations. The event took place at MGIMO University on May 15, 2013.

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Introducing… The Team of Thailand

ASEAN Centre invites all the participants of the first Russia-ASEAN Youth Summit to get acquainted with the team of Thailand.

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About Russia–ASEAN Youth Summit

The idea of a Russia–ASEAN Youth Summit was put forward at the seminar on “Russia and ASEAN: Towards a Progressive and Comprehensive Partnership” organised in December 2012 at the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO-University. This initiative has been supported by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the ASEAN Moscow Committee.

Such a forum will open new opportunities for networking, exchanges of opinions about the state of Russia – ASEAN relations and prospects for their future development. It will contribute to the development of people-to-people links in accordance with the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity.

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An Ocean Not So Pacific

Russia, which harbors plans to exploit the economic potential of Siberia and its Far East in close cooperation with its Asian neighbors, has something to mull over.

An important aspect of the rivalry between the U.S. and China, which is taking on increasing significance in East Asia, is the potential for naval confrontation. The face-off is already on the agenda of many international conferences and seminars, and is a topic of parliamentary debate and media discussion. All too often, the impression created is that «China is to blame for everything." The data point to the methodical build-up of its surface and submarine fleet, the coastline deployment of precision anti-ship missiles, and the creation of enhanced tools to track maritime targets and disable enemy command-and-control systems. According to U.S. experts, the main objective is to «deny access» to the U. S. Navy in various regions of the Pacific Ocean.

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