Episode 9: Russia’s Economic Pivot to Asia?

This episode examines Russia’s efforts over the past decade to shift its economic focus away from European markets and toward Asia, as part of a wider pivot to the Asia-Pacific initiated by President Putin from 2012 in the face of economic sanctions and a deteriorating relationship with the Euro-Atlantic community.

A decade after Moscow launched a strategic initiative to reorientate its economy toward Asian markets, Dr Richard Connolly, Director of the Eastern Advisory Group consultancy, discusses Russia’s policies and the challenges that Moscow has faced in developing new trade and business ties to promote its underdeveloped eastern regions with Dr Neil Melvin, Director RUSI International Security Studies.

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Russia’s Economic Pivot to Asia in a Shifting Regional Environment

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Dr Neil Melvin

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