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
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.
Preface 1 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 Conclusion 272 Index 285 Contributors 295