Malgorzata Pietrasiak is Associate Professor at the University of Lodz (Poland), head of the Department of Asian Studies and Director of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of International and Political Studies. Her research interests are in the areas of The Vietnam War, Vietnamese reforms of “doi moi”, Politics of Vietnam, Integrations in South-East Asia, China policy towards ASEAN and Russia. She is an author of the books about the past and current relations in East Asia: Regional Aspects of the Historical Russian-Chinese Relations, Lodz University 2012. The Environmental Determinants of Vietnam’s Foreign Policy In the Face of Integration Process with Blobal Economy, Adam Marszaek Toru 2010, The Instruments of the People’s Republic of China’s Foreign Policy, Lodz University 2014, and dozens of articles about Vietnam and East Asia. The last monograph called The Difficult Reconciliation. Diplomacy during the Establishment of the US-Vietnam relations (2017) was written by collaboration of the DAS and Vietnamese partners. She is a member of the „Biblioteka Azji i Pacyfiku” (“Asia Pacific Library”) Editorial Board, Member of the Polish Society of International Studies, member of the board of Towarzystwo Azji i Pacyfiku (Asia & Pacific Society).
Summary of Project:
Russia in the process of building of regional integration structures in Southeast Asia
One of the aims of fifth thematic Work Packages is investigating external and internal factors of integration/disintegration processes in the SEA, so Russia must be taken into account in these calculations.
The presence of Russia in the region should be perceived as a way to develop balance between the most important regional superpowers as the USA, the People's Republic of China, Japan and India. Political and economic power of Russia and its influences in the region aren’t great compared with China, Japan and the US, but the idea of the multilateralism as an idea of construction of the international relations is similar to the majority of Asian states. Russia is a member of the regional important institutions. ASEAN was the first organization with witch Russia began the process of enhancing its position in East Asia.
The hypotheses of the research:
Russia is an element of the geopolitical stage and is acting for integration of the region for the development and stabilization with Russia participate. It is essential for Russia in time of breaking up the relation with Europe.
Relationships with Russia allies aren't explicit and require analysis including many internal and external factors. Here China is an operand.
China and Russia do not develop the common strategy in the reference to ASEAN.
Russia-ASEAN relationships should be consider through the prism of the activation of the role of the Russian Far East in the Russia Asian politics.
Nowadays Russia Vietnam relationships are most important direction of diplomatic action with reference to separate states ASEAN.
Russia-ASEAN cooperation is giving the possibility of the realization of the Russian Project of Eurasian Integration (Eurasian Macroregion). For the ASEAN it will be a successive initiative expanding the area of integration with the hard core around ASEAN.
Comparing sources of Russian and Russian partners (monographs, articles, expert opinions, think tanks). Analysis of the official declarations, diplomatic announcements, agreements, Analysis of sources on the level of the provinces and regions, cooperation with expert centers of Russia, Vietnam, interviews and conversations with Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese experts.
Multilateralism as a value of international order; neoclassical realism (Gideon Rose); theories o regionalism (Frederik Soderbaum, Andrew Hurrell, Ann Marcusen).
Period of investigating – contemporary period, after cold war with big historical influence of nowadays relationship (Indochinese wars).