Season Greetings from the ASEAN Center in MGIMO

Dear colleagues and friends – representatives of the ASEAN member states’ embassies and communities in Moscow, officials of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, professors and students of MGIMO, all those who are genuinely interested in moving forward relations between Russia and the ASEAN countries!

The ASEAN Center in MGIMO congratulates you on the coming New Year, which we hope will be marked by new steps and events that bring our countries closer together. Let's think together about new projects that will contribute to this and implement them through our joint efforts.

We wish you success, happiness and good health in 2018!

Yours sincerely,
The ASEAN Center Staff


To participants of the essay competition dedicated to the 50th anniversary of ASEAN

Dear friends! Due to the extension of the essay competition deadline and the increased number of applicants we plan to finalize the results of the competition in mid-January. The award ceremony will be held at MGIMO at the beginning of the winter term of 2018. Relevant information will be posted on the ASEAN Center Website and sent to you by e-mail.


ASEAN Essay Writing Competition

The ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University and the ASEAN Moscow Committee are delighted to announce the Essay Writing Competition dedicated to the theme “ASEAN at 50: Achievements, Challenges and New Opportunities for Cooperation with Russia”.

We invite students and young professionals from Russia and ASEAN member states who are up to 35 years old and who are interested in the history and contemporary developments of ASEAN-Russia relations to take part in the Essay Writing Competition.


Rodrigo Duterte in Russia: Arms Deal on the Way?

The current situation in East Asia, which is developing under the influence of rivalry between the United States and China, encourages many countries of the region to diversify foreign relations in order to avoid excessive dependence on one of the global players, to maintain flexibility and freedom of political maneuver. This is the keynote of the visit to Russia of the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, says Valdai Club expert Viktor Sumsky, Director of the ASEAN Center at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

After the election in May 2016, the new president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte announced, that his country would move away from a one-sided orientation toward the US, drawing closer ties with China and Russia. Russia, for its part, is interested to widen the number of real partners in Asia, which increases range of opportunities related to trade, economic, defense and investment cooperation, exchanges in education, science and culture. Over the past year, Russian-Philippine bilateral contacts have significantly increased in various areas, which did not happen before in the history of relations between the two countries.


The Manila Summit: No Grounds to Doubt ASEAN’s Standing

The 30th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was held in Manila, the Philippines, in late April, provoked fresh criticism in the western media. The general tone is that ASEAN is pandering to China and is unable to stop China’s territorial expansionism in the South China Sea and violations of the regional order. In other words, ASEAN is allegedly unable to fulfil a useful purpose. [1]

ASEAN’s critics point out that there are no references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea or its main culprit, Beijing, in the joint statement. Neither did the statement mention China’s expansion of its manmade islands in the Spratly Archipelago, including with hangers, runways, radars and missiles, according to intelligence.



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