A Russia-Japan Peace Treaty?
By Hidetoshi Azuma and Joshua W. Walker
Executive Assistant of Strategic Initiatives and Japan. Eurasia Group,
"Meeting Russia 2018" Alumnus
A new policy brief on current Russia-Japan relations was published by the National Interest. Hidetoshi Azuma, MR 2018 Alumnus, co-authored the report. He analyzes the possible consequences of the proposal to conclude a peace treaty without any preconditions, expressed by Vladimir Putin at the Far Eastern Economic Forum. PICREADI presents the key points of the article.
"Money may move Putin's heart, but a possible establishment of U.S. military bases on the disputed islands under Japanese sovereignty would dissuade his brain from any concessions"
Key points:

1. Nothing is fundamentally new about Abe's signature initiative so long as the structural legacies of the U.S.-Japan alliance from the Cold War days continue to impede its implementation.

2. Japan's limited influence in Eurasian geopolitics diminishes its potential as the leading champion of the beleaguered liberal international order.

3. Tokyo's potential geoeconomic presence would be a significant counterweight against Beijing's regional ambitions while checking the growing Russia-China strategic partnership that increasingly looks to deepen their military cooperation.

4. A historic rapprochement with Russia would provide Japan with enhanced access to the burgeoning Eurasian market, particularly Central Asia.

5. Putin's peace proposal was a well-crafted Russian riddle that questioned the Cold War alliance's raison d'être in today's new world disorder

Read the full article on The National Interest website.