“There is no such thing as pivot to the East. While preparing Russia’s APEC presidency in 2012 we focused on the eastward direction of the economic policy. It became apparent that we have to pay more attention to this strand, to organise work in a consistent manner. It was at that time when it became clear that we'd missed the right moment: all our competitors, the other major economies, were at the East long before” — Stanislav Voskresensky, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

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Name: Stapran, Natalia
City: Moscow
Affiliation: Russian Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center
Position: Director
Biography :

PhD in History. Graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Completed internship at Yamagata University. In 2002-2004 – served as senior analyst at the Embassy of Russian Federation (Tokyo, Japan). Was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, a member of G-20/G-8 Russian Presidential Expert Council. Has PGCertHE from London School of Economics and Political Studies (London). Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental studies, MGIMO University, since 2005; Teaches courses in English: “Regionalism in Asia-Pacific”, “Russian Foreign Policy in Asia and Africa”. Director of Russian Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center (RASC), Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Published several papers in Russian and English on international relations in the Asia-Pacific Region, American policy in Asia, Russian foreign policy in the East. Her latest book is “The Integration Processes in the Asia-Pacific Region” (Moscow, 2011).