Given its strained relationship with the West over Ukraine, Russia has strong incentives to turn to Asia-Pacific to diversify its political and economic ties.

However, this region is also characterized by an unstable security situation. Long-lasting regional conflicts have led to countries in the region actively expanding their military capabilities.

Some even point to a shift in the arms race to Asia-Pacific. What follows is an analysis of regional security challenges and some steps that Russia should take to address them.

The authors are Anna Kireeva of MGIMO-University and Petr Topychkanov of Carnegie Moscow Center.

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