1956-1985: СССР и Япония в рамках блокового противостояния
The purpose of the article is to analyze current Russian policy toward Southeast Asian countries and to examine prospects for the future development of Russia-(ASEAN) relations. This article is structured around three issues, discussed in three parts. The first part examines the evolution of Russia-ASEAN political relations from the establishment of the “dialogue partnership” to the present time and Russia’s participation in the multilateral cooperation structures under the ASEAN umbrella. The second part concentrates on the achievements and the problems of economic and technical cooperation between the countries. Special attention is paid to the recent initiatives of the Russian government to foster the economic development of Far East territories. The third part is devoted to the analysis of Russia-ASEAN relations from the point of view of cultural interaction. It argues that despite optimistic official rhetoric, Russian policy in the Asian dimension is not balanced and there is no clear strategy to improve Russia’s place in the region.
The formation of ‘Greater Eurasia’ is undoubtedly one of the most important narratives of the international relations development in the first half of the 21st century. However, there is no consensus in the scientific and expert сommunity regarding its meaning. The best way to define Greater Eurasia seems to consider it a regional or macroregional international community constructed through interaction. It is based not on history or civilizational proximity or even on the number of economic projects and interdependence, but on the special quality and intensity of political relations between its constituent states, first of all between Russia and China. The formation of this сommunity fully fits into the main modern trends in international relations: increasing uncertainty and disorder at the global level, the formation of flexible coalitions, political regionalization and re-sovereignization along with the growth of global interdependence. In this regard, the most efficient scholarly tools for understanding ‘Greater Eurasia’ are offered by constructivism and the English school of international relations, especially the scientific heritage of H. Bull.
The paper explores the evolution of trade and economic relations between Russia and Myanmar in 1948-2018. The author compares the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of Myanmar cooperation with China, India and Russia, highlighting their features and prospects. Summarizing the results, the author states that, despite the currently modest volumes of trade and investment, the potential for developing foreign economic relations between Russia and Myanmar is very high. However, Myanmar is an important link in the regional strategies of China and India, which also belong to the BRICS and the SCO. Therefore, it is impossible for Russia to build its political and economic ties with Myanmar without taking these aspects of regional relations into account.