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Jakarta Post

Russia, ASEAN and Indonesia in the regional context

  • Victor Sumsky

Moscow   /   Tue, July 13 2010   /  09:50 am

Not taking Russia into account in discussions about East Asia’s present and future has been a feature of conventional wisdom for the last 20 years. For me, it is a boring sign of traditional, inside the box thinking. An easy way to start thinking outside the box is to dwell on Russia’s fundamental aspirations and on its probable contributions to the region in the process of successfully pursuing them. But how, in the first place, did the former superpower manage to become just barely visible in this part of the world?In the late 1990s Indonesian analysts coined the term krisis multidimensi to define the state of the
nation after the fall of Soeharto’s New Order. This is exactly what Russia had gone through in the first post-Soviet decade — a multidimensional crisis. Since in our case it manifested itself not just in the collapse of the old political structure and repudiation ...