• Position : Director
  • Affiliation : Russian Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center
  • Affiliation : Head, Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program, Carnegie Moscow Center
  • Position : Deputy Minister
  • Affiliation : Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
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Security Index Journal: Stanislav Voskresensky, Alexander Gabuev and Natalia Stapran — on Russia’s policies in the Asia-Pacific in the wake of the APEC Summit


MOSCOW, NOVEMBER 18, 2015. PIR PRESS — “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.

In the wake of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, that takes place on November 18-19 in Manila, the Philippines, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation Stanislav Voskresensky gave an interview to the Security Index Journal Editor-in-Chief Olga Mostinskaya. Mr. Voskresensky outlined Russia’s official position regarding participation in multilateral formats of the Asia-Pacific and cooperation with key regional players and explained why there is no actually any pivot to the East.

This interview opens a series of materials devoted to Asia-Pacific integration to be published in the upcoming issue of the Security Index Journal. The series includes an article “Asia is not in the know, or Russia how tries to integrate in the Asia-Pacific multilateral formats” (RUS) by Alexander Gabuev, a Senior associate and the Chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. The expert gives critical analysis of Russia’s engagement in the region and explains why Russia is not making full use of the potential of the integration platforms to promote its interest in the Asia-Pacific.

In the run-up to the summit the Director at Russian Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Dr. Natalia Stapran guides the reader through the intricacies of the Asia-Pacific integration. In her article “Main formats for multilateral cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region” (RUS), she presents a review of major multilateral initiatives. “In the early 1990s, Asia-Pacific Region (APR) has entered the era of true regionalism, when Asian countries began to actively cooperate guided by their economic interests, without looking back at the ideological and political alliance membership. The number and variety of sometimes overlapping mechanisms that emerged by the end of the 1990s was often compared to a spaghetti bowl — such a tangled range was it” — Dr. Stapran writes in her analysis.

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