Russia is geographically and politically present in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR), but its integrational links with the region is extremely weak. The share of the region accounts for only 20% country’s trade. The political, social and cultural ties with Asia-Pacific countries are at the lowest level. This does not match the capabilities of Russia in the development of regional links and does not contribute to the objectives of strengthening economic, political and cultural influence in the world. Russia has some interesting offers for the countries in the Asia-Pacific region- this is a rich source of raw materials, the best transit routes of delivery of goods, including the Trans-Siberian railway and the Arctic route from the Pacific to Europe, Russian technology in many areas, the implementation of joint projects in science, industry and agriculture.
One of the objective reasons for the weak presence of Russia in the Asia-Pacific region is the lack of awareness of Russian political, economic and other interests of the processes in the Asia-Pacific region, about the economic and political situation of some countries in the region, about their attitudes toward Russia and the degree of their readiness for broad cooperation. Though researches in the given area are conducted, they can be wider and cover a larger range of researchers. This is due to the fact that:
-scientists, students and post-graduate students of universities are not sufficiently involved in applied research projects related to the Asia-Pacific region;
– lack of targeted communication between institutions, universities and other centers for the study of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, including foreign scientific centers;
– the detachment of research activities from practical application value;
-lack of scientific personnel, when the old frames are reduced and young staff do not have the ability or motivation to promote scientific careers;
– there is no unifying center for the study of contemporary problems APR in the region.
At the same time, the demand for an objective science-based analyst of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region is high among both business structures and structures of making strategic decisions based on policy, security, and so international and regional issues.
The “Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center” is called up to promote revitalization of scientific research on the study of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center” established under the Department of General history of the far Eastern State University in 1998 as a structural unit in the development of research work. In February 2012, the center was registered as an independent non-profit organization “Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center” (APIR Center).
Purpose of “Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center”
Assistance in improving and strengthening the role of Russian scientists in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) through the development of activities of “Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center” through:
-development of research work on contemporary issues of the Asia-Pacific region by attracting a larger number of specialists in the Far East, Russia and counties of Asia-Pacific region.
˗ expansion and strengthening of relations between scientists and the development cooperation with authoritative expert organizations to engage in joint research of domestic and foreign experts in modern surroundings in the Asia-Pacific region.
-assistance in realization of the of the development concept research and innovation in Russian universities by involving students and young people in research activities of APIR Center.
The Center carries out its work in the following directions:
– The history of international relations in the Asia-Pacific region
– modern political relations in the Asia-Pacific region
– modern economic relations in Asia-Pacific region
Center promotes its projects and other outreach materials through its own bilingual (Russian-English) site www.apircenter.org. In addition to the main declared areas, the Center realizes other scientific projects.
1. Project “Historical Education and Historical Policy in the Countries of the Asia-Pacific Region”– is realized by Olga Strelova, Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor of Far Eastern State University of Humanities (FESUH). The project examines the following issues:
-What history lean the pupils and students in the different countries of the world and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, in particular? What kind of «history» affect the understanding and the dialogue of cultures in the modern world?
-What are the images of APR countries in the national history textbooks? How they perform the international conflicts and the collaboration experience of peoples in Asia-Pacific region in XX century (APR mentality) ?
2. Project “Liberalism and Democracy in Asia-Pacific Region” which is realized by Romanova Marina, Doctor of History in FESUH, Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. The project examines the following issues:
-social ideals and values;
-Customs and traditions, etc..
3. Project “Debates club”. Appeals to open discussions on the issues of history and of contemporary international relations.
“Asia-Pacific International Relation Study Center” currently has stable relations with various agencies of Russia, the Far East and international centers. The Ministry on Far Eastern Affairs of Russian federation.
The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), institute of Far East of RAS (Moscow), Geographic Society of Priamurskiy territory, Archives department of the Government of Khabarovsk Krai, Institute of history, archaeology and ethnography of the peoples of the far-east, far- eastern branch of the RAS(Vladivostok), Pacific State University, «East-West Center» in Honolulu, USA, the Australian Centre for Strategic Studies (Australia), etc.
Location: Russia, Khabarovsk Krai, Khabarovsk, Str. Studenchesky 36, office 533 Tel. (4212) 42-06-37