Russia and Asia-Pacific Security: The Maritime Dimension

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Evgeny Kanaev

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Anastasia Pyatachkova

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: October 6, 2015

Abstract

Russia is shifting its foreign policy focus to the Asia-Pacific region because of internal (the necessity to develop Siberia and the Far East) and external (a deepening crisis in relations with the West) factors. For this policy to be a success, Russia needs a stable and predictable regional milieu while confrontation in Asia-Pacific security is on the rise.

Evidence for this assessment is provided by the current state of regional maritime security challenges. They are evolving at a faster pace than the regional mechanisms and institutions aimed to keep them within manageable bounds. The simultaneous rise of the global dimension in the main challenges to Asia-Pacific maritime security — primarily the set of issues related to the South China Sea — call for the increased involvement of an established global actor with significant economic potential, independent foreign policy and genuine interest in preserving peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region. In the current circumstances, this role cannot but be assumed by Russia.

The paper discusses the specificity of current Asia-Pacific maritime security trends, Russia’s regional priorities and policy instruments which could be used to decrease tensions in the key regional maritime security challenges

Keywords: Maritime security in Asia-Pacific, territorial disputes, freedom of navigation, Russian policy, multilateral cooperation

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Kanaev, Evgeny and Pyatachkova, Anastasia, Russia and Asia-Pacific Security: The Maritime Dimension (October 6, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 17/IR/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2670032 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2670032

Evgeny Kanaev

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Anastasia Pyatachkova (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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