- Created on 26 November 2018
It has been an eventful year for Russian foreign policy as far as the multilateral institutions in the Asia Pacific are concerned. On November 13–15, 2018, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin made a state visit to Singapore and attended the 13 th East Asia Summit (EAS). It was the first such visit since Russia was made a member in 2010. At the same time, President Putin represented Russia at the 3 rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Russian Federation Summit on Strategic Partnership. Two days later, in Port Moresby, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that had previously enjoyed priority attention of the President of the Russian Federation compared to other regional mechanisms.
Russia has stepped up its participation in multilateral mechanisms in the Asia Pacific at a time when contradictions between the United States and China in the region have exacerbated, competition has once again intensified between the macro-regional projects proposed by these players in Asia, and emotions are running high around American trade protectionism. On the one hand, this situation is not conducive to bolstering these multilateral institutions themselves. It does, however, create a window of opportunity for Russia to offer the regional countries a more cooperative agenda, even if it is not on the same scale as U.S. or Chinese projects.
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Russian academics Ekaterina Koldunova and Dr Victor Sumsky, from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO), were recently in Phnom Penh to discuss the possibility of training Cambodian officials in diplomacy. Sonny Inbaraj Krishnan spoke to the academics and discussed MGIMO’s role, not only in Cambodia but also in Asean.
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Russian professors, whose expertise in the International Relations, has visited recently Cambodia’s newly established National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations (NIDIR) and discussed the possibility of training Cambodian officials in diplomacy, aiming at contributing to improving their diplomatic skills.
The discussion focused on possible cooperation between NIDIR, under Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA-IC) and Moscow State Institute of International Relations University (MGIMO) under Russia’s Foreign Ministry, which could lead to the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the future.
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With the kind permission of Dr. Marty Natalegawa we publish the text of his key-note address at the Opening Ceremony of the Inaugural Meeting of Network of ASEAN-Russia Think-Tanks (NARTT) at MGIMO.
“ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership in the Regional Security Landscape”
Remarks by Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa* before the Inaugural Meeting of the Network of ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks (NAART)
MGIMO University, Moscow, 20 April 2018
Ladies and gentlemen,
I should like to begin by expressing my deep appreciation to the ASEAN-Russia Centre at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) for the invitation extended to me to share some of my thoughts - very much my own individual and personal ones - on ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership in the regional security landscape before this inaugural meeting of the Network of ASEAN- Russia Think-Tanks (NARTT).
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MGIMO Rector Prof. Anatoly Torkunov opened Plenary session of the Inaugural Meeting of the Network of ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks (NARTT) that began its two-day work at MGIMO University on April 20th. MGIMO Rector Prof. Anatoly Torkunov, Head of the Asian and Pacific Cooperation Department, MFA of Russia Mr. Alexey Ovchinnikov, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia H.E. Marty Natalegawa and Head of the Department of Diplomacy Prof. Aleksandr Panov addressed the participants representing Think Tanks of each ASEAN country and Russia.
In his welcoming speech Rector Torkunov noted the increasing growth of humanitarian and research contacts between ASEAN and Russia and the role of the ASEAN Centre in MGIMO University in this process. Before the ASEAN-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi in 2016 the ASEAN Centre organized the meeting of the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group (AREPG) that submitted its recommendations to the leaders of Russia and ASEAN member states. The ASEAN-Russia University Forums has been regularly conducted in Vladivostok on the margins of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) since 2016.