The Limits of Russia’s “Pivot to Asia”

Issue & Policy Briefs December 5, 2014, No. 166

Forging closer economic and strategic ties with East Asia constitutes a rebalancing act in Moscow’s attempts to diversify its markets and counter its increased isolation in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. But looking East to China and other countries is hampered by major obstacles that preclude the prospect of a fundamental pivot away from Europe, argues Bernt Berger.