Asia-Pacific Studies in Russia
With the changing strategic international environment, the world economy center of gravity’s shift from the West to Asia, and Russia’s turn-to-the-East policies, Asia-Pacific studies is supposed to become one of the main research areas in Russian academic and expert communities. It is a conventional wisdom that a qualified expertise on the Asia-Pacific is of high importance for the country that positions itself as an active and influential international actor in this part of the world. This chapter aims to evaluate the current state and perspectives of the development of Asia-Pacific studies in Russia. It identifies major research centers and think tanks involved in the Asia-Pacific studies in Russia, key Russian scholars in this area and regional studies, and their respective input into the academic research. The chapter deals with Russian studies of China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula (the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Southeast Asia, and Asian regionalism. The chapter also reveals major research issues that are on the agenda within Russia’s Asia-Pacific studies and the evolution of the agenda, starting with the creation of the Russian Federation in 1991. It also discusses the Russian government’s role in promoting Asia-Pacific studies, as well as the role of various organizations, funds, and foundations in supporting Asia-Pacific studies in Russia.