In an era of great changes and much uncertainty, such as the revival of an active Russia, buoyed by increasing energy wealth, a U.S. mired in Iraq and Afghanistan, rising China and India, as well as Japan moving towards normalization, ASEAN needs to closely monitor great power trends and thinking. On Russia-ASEAN relations, three authors offer their perspectives. Energy issues are scrutinized. The ongoing efforts to build an East Asian Community are analysed. At a time when Russia has an active profile in Southeast Asia with its arms sales to Indonesia and its nuclear technology assistance to Myanmar, this book offers useful and authoritative discourses on its relations with ASEAN, building on an earlier volume published by ISEAS.
Gennady Chufrin is the Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), Russia. Mark Hong is the visiting Research Fellow and Co-ordinator of Energy Programme and ASEAN-Russia Programme, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.