NEU-SOIR hosts seminar on Russia's foreign policy in East Asia

By Angel Dorothy Flores

On February 12, 2021, the NEU School of International Relations hosted a seminar on Russia’s foreign policy in East Asia. The speaker was Dr. Nikolay Murashkin, a research fellow from the Japan International Cooperation Agency Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development. He is also a sessional lecturer supervisor in Queensland. 

Dr. Murashkin introduced the origins, current status, and focus of Russia-Philippines relations. He discussed significant facts about the geopolitical relationship between Russia and other Asian nations. The seminar also covered Russia’s turn to the East as a recurrent media story. “Pivot is not a goal in itself; it is a way to change trajectory, the way we will get to it. We should bear in mind what the goals are,” Dr. Murashkin said. He also talked about Russia’s international relations starting with present-day Central Asia to its current eastward expansion. Moreover, Dr. Murashkin narrated how Russia gained regional opportunities through fair trade and economic turn to the East. He elaborated on Russia’s milestones in the region as a “swing supplier.” 

Regarding Russia-Philippines relations, Dr. Murashkin said, “I think the important thing is that Russia and the Philippines do not have any strong disagreements and that’s a huge basis [to] develop cooperation.” He also discussed how the approval of vaccines shows an “optimistic approach on both sides and political will.” Dr. Murashkin emphasized the role of the United Nations and Russia being a member of its Security Council “to prevent further global conflicts” and to maintain “the multi-polar approach towards the world.”

Ending the meet, Dr. Carlos Tabunda Jr., the Dean of the NEU School of International Relations, gave his closing remarks.