Synopses & Reviews
This collection of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars is the first to analyze current Russian policies in China, Japan, and the two Koreas. Although Russia was a rising power in Asia a century ago, historical and political events since then have diverted attention from this potential site of development.
The essays in Imperial Decline describe the major changes that have occurred in Russia’s relations with China, Japan, and South Korea under Boris Yeltin’s presidency, speculating about both Russia’s future in the region and the impact this future could have on relations with the United States. Contributors to this volume demonstrate how incoherent taxation and investment, uncoordinated and contradictory economic policies, runaway inflation and currency instability, and problems of defense now constrain the possibility of Russia expanding its economic influence in the region. This book is essential for students and scholars of international relations, foreign policy, and Russian history.
Contributors. Stephen J. Blank, Bruce A. Elleman, Harry Gelman, Hongchan Chun , Rajan Menon, Alvin Z. Rubinstein, Oles M. Smolansky, Henry Trofimenko, Charles E. Ziegler
“This book presents the latest and best scholarship concerning Russian policy toward Northeast Asia. The individual chapters embody high-quality, original research and will be especially useful to scholars and students in the fields of Russian foreign policy and Asian security.”—Paul Marantz, University of British Columbia
“The essays in Imperial Decline cover significant new ground regarding a topic that is certain to grow in importance in the coming months and years.”—Ross H. Munro, Foreign Policy Research Institute
About the Author
Stephen J. Blank is MacArthur Professor of Research, U.S. Army War College. Alvin Z. Rubinstein is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Table of Contents
What is Asia to Russia? 5
Russia and the Asia-Pacific Region: Politics and Polemics / Ole M. Smolansky 7
Russian and China in Central Asia / Stephen J. Blank 40
Russian and China 63
Russia Looks at China / Stephen J. Blank 65
Russian Foreign Policy in the Chinese Context / Bruce A. Elleman 99
Russia and Japan 127
Russo-Japanese Relations: Implications for Northeast Asian Security / Rajan Menon 129
The Korean Peninsula 153
Russia's Relations with North Korea / Alvin Z. Rubenstein 155
The Russian Federation and South Korea / Honghchan Chun and Charles E. Ziegler 185
Russia and the United States 211
Implications for the United States of Russia's Far East Policy / Harry Gelman 213
U.S.-Russian Relations in East Asia: A View from Moscow / Henry Trofimenko 244