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Russia's Influence in the Asia Pacific Region

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2017,31 May 2018

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U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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This monograph explores Russias recent activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Within the context of Russias new Eastern orientation, the research question this monograph examines is, How is Russia using its military to exert influence in the Pacific The areas within Russias span of control used to explore this question and thus serve as the focal points of this research are the Primorskii Krai region of Russia, the Kuril Islands, and Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. The purpose, growth, and manner of employment of Russias military presence in each of these examples serve as criteria for measuring the exertion of military influence in the Pacific. Predicated on an idealized image of the Soviet Union as a world power narrated by Putin and his support base, these initiatives allow him to retain power by challenging the United States and China. Further, Chinese and US challenges to Russian initiatives, with the exception of armed conflict, will only reinforce Russian resolve to return to a position of greater influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • Government and Political Science

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