This volume zones in on Russia’s relations with the Indo-Pacific region through the lens of theoretical pluralism, presenting alternatives to the mainstream Realist view of Russia as a major power using geopolitical strategies to establish itself.
Russia in the Indo-Pacific is an understudied topic that needs a fresh perspective. Contributors to this volume are based across Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the USA, drawing on a range of multinational perspectives and theoretical approaches encompassing realism and liberalism, constructivism and the English school of international relations. Reflecting a trend of internationalization in the Russian study of IR, such theoretical pluralism could facilitate Russian contributions to emerging global IR theory.
Russia in the Indo-Pacific contributes towards a more intelligible common discourse in the Indo-Pacific, of interest to students and scholars of Sino-Russian relations, Indo-Pacific international relations, and international relations theory. It will also be of interest to policymakers and general readers following foreign policy and economic trends in the Indo-Pacific who want to better understand Russia's role.
Table of Contents
Part 1: China, Russia and US: Triangular Relations
1. China-Russia Relations in Times of Crisis: A Neoclassical Realist Explanation
Alexander Korolev and Vladimir Portyakov
2. Russia and the United States in the Asia Pacific: A Perspective of the English School
3. The ‘Strategic Triangle’ Revisited
Part 2: Foreign Policy Identities
4. Primordial Rites or Civic Values? Korean Identity and Its Formation in the Russian Far East
Elena F. Tracy and Tamara Troyakova
5. Strategic Partnership or Alliance? Sino-Russian Relations from a Constructivist Perspective
Part 3: Russia’s Regional Relations
6. The Sino-Russian Partnership and the East Asian Order
7. The Vestige of History and "Cold Peace" between Russia and Japan
8. Sino-Russian Accommodation and Adaptation in Eurasian Regional Order Formation
9. Russia and Southeast Asia: The Road Less Traveled
Amanda Huan and Pushpa Thambipillai
Part 4: Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy
10. The Significance of Russia to China: Research Methods in Russian-Soviet Union Studies in China
11. Russian methodological and theoretical approaches to the analysis of Sino-Russian relations in 1990s-2010s
Gaye Christoffersen is Professor of International Politics, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, Nanjing Center, Nanjing University. Recent publications include "Sino-Russian Local Relations: Heihe and Blagoveshchensk," Asan Forum, (2019); "Chinese, Russian, Japanese, and Korean Strategies for Northeast Asian Cross-Border Energy Connectivity," Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies Journal (2019); "Northeast China and the Russian Far East: Positive Scenarios and Negative Scenarios," in International Relations and Asia’s Northern Tier: Sino-Russia Relations, North Korea, and Mongolia.