This volume examines the unfolding relationships among the five great powers in Asia—the United States, China, India, Japan and Russia. It explores recent bilateral relations between these states. While the central theme is how China, the rising power, and the US, the sole superpower, will deal with each other, their policies and interactions will need to factor in the other three powers who will play significant roles in defining peace and stability in Asia.
Chapter 11: Russia–US Relations: Impact on Asia's Strategic Stability
Russia–US Relations: Impact on Asia's Strategic Stability
The debate about the philosophical foundations of Russian foreign policy in the post-Soviet period has acquired a new piquancy. At the core of this is the question how to revive Russia as a great power. The debate is historical and it broadly involves two main streams of thought—‘Westernism’ and ‘Eurasianism’. In a way, historically speaking, ‘Eurasianism’ itself has acted as a bridge between the ‘West-ernizers’ and the ‘Slavophiles’ among the Russian intelligentsia.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, ‘Eurasianism’ embodied in the Russian vision manifested as an isolationist philosophy largely in reaction to the European refusal to include Russia as a part of the Western civilization—the then ‘international community’. This thinking in its ...