Will Russia’s Pivot to Asia Last?

By Chris Miller, Assistant Professor of International History at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

Will the Russian Federation’s current “turn to the East” have lasting significance? After the annexation of Crimea and the escalated confrontation with the West, Vladimir Putin’s government declared it was turning to the East by cultivating ties both with the People’s Republic of China and other governments. Russia has “turned to the East” repeatedly throughout its history, from the tsarist era to the present day. In the past, geopolitical and economic factors have hindered Russia’s Asian Pivots and caused the Kremlin to turn back toward Europe.

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This piece was republished from ORBIS.

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