Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Russia-ASEAN Relations: Overtures and Opportunities

Russia-ASEAN Relations: Overtures and Opportunities
25 November 2016 (Friday), 10:00 AM –12:00 NN
Ambion Room, 1st Floor, College of Law (Malcolm Hall), University of the Philippines Diliman

For the audiovisual recordings of this forum, please click here.


Russia first opened formal relations with ASEAN in 1991, but recently rachetted up its visibility in Southeast Asia, hosting three regional conferences in 2016 and more actively engaging in bilateral negotiations with its member-states toward forging broader and closer partnerships with its eastern neighbors. Russia’s diplomatic offensive indicates its interest in claiming a place in Asia’s shifting economic and security architecture. But how does Russia see its role in the region’s geopolitical dynamics in which the US and a rising China present distinct poles? What are Russia’s economic, political and security interests in Southeast Asia and the Philippines, in particular? The public forum aims to tackle these questions at a time when the Philippine government itself has signified its willingness to explore a strategic partnership with Russia.


Dr. Victor Sumsky is the Director of the ASEAN Centre, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. A leading Russian expert and writer on Southeast Asian political history and development and East Asian security studies, Dr. Sumsky worked previously with the Soviet Foreign Ministry, Institute of Oriental Studies, and the Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) in Moscow and earlier this year, received a Medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland, 2nd Grade, in Russia.  The ASEAN Centre was established in 2010 toward promoting Russian-ASEAN member states’ academic exchanges and economic and other forms of linkages.

Click here for Dr. Sumsky's full profile.

The forum is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Seating is first-come, first-served basis, but participants are encouraged to sign up here to expedite the registration process on the day of the forum. 


The Ambion Room is located on the first floor of Malcom Hall (UP College of Law), University of the Philippines Diliman. The main entrance is located on Osmeña Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman, facing the Sunken Garden. It can also be accessed by foot through Guerrero St., on which ply the IKOT, Philcoa, and SM North jeepneys. Nearby landmarks include the UP School of Economics, National Engineering Center (NEC), and the UP Asian Center. Click here for the vicinity map.


The forum is organized by the UP Asian Center (Bugkos “Asia in Transition” program) in partnership with the UP Third World Studies Center; the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (China/Strategic Studies Program); the UP Department of Political Science; and the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea (IMLOS).


For inquiries about the forum, please email the Information Office of the UP Asian Center: 


The symposium is one of many events—lectures, etc.—that the UP Asian Center is holding in celebration of its 61st anniversary this November. Please click here for the complete list of these activities. Please do join us for the following: 

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