Assuming duties of Chair of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for 2012, Russia is keen to build on its membership in the East Asia Summit under the ASEAN regional architecture, as well as in the Asia-Europe Meeting. Geographically, Russia is part of both Asia and the Asia-Pacific. It has been an ASEAN Dialogue Partner since 1996. Still, the obstacles of distance and language have prevented ASEAN and Russia from learning more about, and interacting with, each other. As growth poles in the world economy, there is much to benefit from greater interactions between their rich economies. This edited volume compiles insights and analyses offered by representatives of the academe, public and private sectors at a conference co-organised by the ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS and the MGIMO University, on topics ranging from geopolitics, bilateral relations, business and economics, and culture and education. This is a timely volume published in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of ASEAN-Russia Dialogue, offering insights to where ASEAN-Russia relations currently stand, and how they can improve and move forward.
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