Maritime Security and Cooperation in Asia-Pacific: Russia’s Perspective
Along with unprecedented geopolitical changes the present world is encountering, Russia’s turn to Asia-Pacific has become irreversible. Given the maritime nature of the region, for Russia to establish itself as an influential maritime power that makes tangible contribution to Asia-Pacific maritime security and cooperation becomes an urgent necessity.
This task is especially timely as Asia-Pacific maritime security is facing hard times. Security challenges are evolving at a faster pace than mechanisms and institutions aimed to keep them within manageable bounds. Given that Asia-Pacific economy, politics and security are closely intertwined with global developments, Russia, an established global power, can play a special role in fostering cooperative trends in maritime Asia-Pacific.
The paper is divided into three parts. Part One gives insights into the current trends of Asia-Pacific maritime security with a special emphasis on Sino-US contradictions. Part Two focuses upon main limitations of multilateral dialogue on maritime security issues. Part Three outlines Russia’s potential and existing policy options. The conclusion summarizes the foregoing analysis.