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The revival of Russia’s role on the Korean peninsula


Park, Chang Kyoo; Tan, Er-Win; & Govindasamy, Geetha (2013). The revival of Russia's role on the Korean peninsula. Asian Perspective, 37(1), 125-147.


The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2011 presents Russian president Vladimir Putin with an opportunity to regain influence on the Korean peninsula. Over the long term, Russia may reemerge as a great power in the Asia Pacific region in line with Russian geostrategic interests. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been marginalized on major issues in Northeast Asia. The prospect of a consistent, long-term North Korea policy under Putin places Moscow in a strong position to sustain the process of engagement with North Korea. More significantly, it serves Moscow's demographic, economic, and security interests to be a positive influence in the region in order to regain a diplomatic role in any security initiatives concerning the Korean peninsula. In this article, we argue that if and when the Russian Far East is developed, Moscow would be in a position to offset the regional strategic and economic dominance of the United States and China.


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Park, Chang Kyoo
Tan, Er-Win
Govindasamy, Geetha