The revival of Russia’s role on the Korean Peninsula

Chang, K.P. and Er-Win, T. and Govindasamy, G. (2013) The revival of Russia’s role on the Korean Peninsula. Asian Perspective, 37 . pp. 125-147. ISSN 0258-9184,

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The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2011 presents Russian president Vladimir Putin with an opportunity to regain influence on the Korean peninsula. Over the long term, Russia may reemerge as a great power in the Asia Pacific region in line with Russian geostrategic interests. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been marginalized on major issues in Northeast Asia. The prospect of a consistent, long-term North Korea policy under Putin places Moscow in a strong position to sustain the process of engagement with North Korea. More significantly, it serves Moscow’s demographic, economic, and security interests to be a positive influence in the region in order to regain a diplomatic role in any security initiatives concerning the Korean peninsula. In this article, we argue that if and when the Russian Far East is developed, Moscow would be in a position to offset the regional strategic and economic dominance of the United States and China.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Russia; North Korea; Eurasianism; Russian Far East; counterbalance; China; United States
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ms. Wati Yusuf
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 03:11
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2014 03:11

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