E.Koldunova. Can Russia be a leader in East Asian economic integration?

Until its 2012 APEC chairmanship and APEC Summit in Vladivostok, Russia was not a proactive participant in East Asia. Rather, it was still striving for comprehensive involvement in the network of regional institutions such as APEC, ASEAN dialogue partnership, the Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the East Asia Summit. The third ASEAN–Russia Summit held in Sochi in 2016 represented a new impetus for Russia’s relations with regional multilateral structures. But further engagement in East Asian multilateralism requires more substance and will entail meeting certain challenges both at home and abroad.

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E.Koldunova. President Putin: Waltzing the Asian Dragons

Russia’s Pivot to Asia is gaining momentum as President Putin hosted a historic meeting with the leaders of the ASEAN countries at the Black sea resort of Sochi, creating a sea of opportunities for business and reinforcing political ties with the rising giants of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Southeast Asian bloc of nations formed the ASEAN Economic Community at the end of last year, moving one step closer to full integration and creating a more formalized market of over 600 million people, which is larger than the EU. The region has an abundance of economic potential, which is giving rise to its own geopolitical power as the gatekeeper between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, which pivotally places it right between India and China.

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Somphospheak Heng. ASEAN Communities and Russia-ASEAN Cooperation

The ASEAN Centre starts to publish the essays of the Essay Competition winners and shortlisted participants. The first in the series of these essays is written by Ms. Somphospheak Heng from Cambodia.

The year 2015, the 48th ASEAN Anniversary, is the materialization of greater regional integration as it marks the historic move of Southeast Asian transformation, the soon-to-be inception of ASEAN Community. At the same time, this year is also the nineteenth anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue Partnership.

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V.Sumsky. Can the East Asia Summit Continue to Prop up ASEAN Centrality?

The “ASEAN Focus”, a bimonthly publication of Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), has published an article by ASEAN Centre’s Director Dr. Victor Sumsky about the East Asian Summit and ASEAN Centrality.

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E.Koldunova. Asia-Pacific: Moscow switches its focus to Southeast Asia

Over the last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has attended two key summits in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as visiting Cambodia. Yet while the media’s attention was focused on the APEC meeting in Manila on Nov. 18–19, Russian observers say that the significance of Medvedev’s appearance at the East Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur should not be overlooked.

Could Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s extensive tour of Asia convince skeptics that Russia’s «pivot to Asia» has substance apart from style? The recent flurry of diplomatic efforts showed that while Russia is still dragging its feet, Putin’s team still has real hopes of jumping on the bandwagon, but has become more selective in its approach.

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