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Book Talk | Putin’s “Turn to the East” in the Xi Jinping Era

Date & Time

Oct. 23, 2023
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET


5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online.


While most attention has focused on Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, the big story of the past decade has been the reorientation of Russia from Europe to Asia. Centered on China but not limited to it, this abrupt shift made possible Putin’s anti-West behavior. In this book talk featuring Putin’s “Turn to the East” in the Xi Jinping Era, which covers four stages in Russian policy and seven geographic regions, editors Gilbert Rozman and Gaye Christoffersen explained the duality of Russia’s ties to China: together against the US-led order but at odds over reconfiguring Asian regionalism. Their research on the development of the Sino-Russian relationship draws two conclusions: Russia has increasingly joined with China in challenging the existing order in Asia, working to forge what Moscow calls a Greater Eurasian Partnership; and Russia and China have played a cat-and-mouse game of rival strategies that, on all fronts, have been difficult to reconcile.

Hosted By

Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier US center for advanced research on Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and the surrounding region though research and exchange.  Read more

Kissinger Institute on China and the United States

The Kissinger Institute works to ensure that China policy serves American long-term interests and is founded in understanding of historical and cultural factors in bilateral relations and in accurate assessment of the aspirations of China’s government and people.  Read more

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