Russia has recently strengthened its diplomatic relations with its North-East Asian neighbours - China, Japan, and North and South Korea. But without much more reform at home, Russia will be neither attractive as a partner r live up to its full potential. Chikahito Harada assesses the reasons for Russia's policy towards North East Asia and offers key policy recommendations.
Chikahito Harada is currently Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy, London. He wrote this paper while a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 1996-1997, on secondment from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he was Director of the Russian Division. The views expressed in this paper are the author's own and should not be taken to represent those of the Japanese government.