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Russia’s Changing Relations with Europe and Asia

In my blog of 15 February 2017 I reported on my completion of a forthcoming article in the Journal of Population Ageing on the topic of ‘The Changing Capabilities of Cohorts of the Elderly in Russia During 1990-2020: Measurement Using a Quantitative Index’. I also discussed my new project on the international comparison of the capabilities of birth cohorts of the elderly in China, Germany, Japan, Russia, South Korea, UK and USA. This has involved research trips to South Korea, Germany and Russia since October 2016.

I did not mention in that blog that since 2014 I have been carrying out research on the defence economic and international security aspects of the Ukraine crisis. This is an outgrowth of substantial past work in this general area over several decades, which has generated around ten publications.

In 2016 the journal Post-Communist Economies published an article written by me entitled The Ukraine Conflict, Economic-Military Power Balances, and Economic Sanctions. The article is available on an Open Access basis through the following link:

This publication generated a commission by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) for a follow-on study of the impacts of the Ukraine crisis on Russia’s economic-military relations with Asian countries, especially South and North Korea, China, Japan and India. The results of this new research were presented at an Area Studies conference in Seoul in October 2016, a seminar at St. Antony’s College in Oxford in early March 2017, and a meeting of the Academic Council of the Institute of Europe of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation in Moscow in mid-March. A report on the latter event is provided on the Institute of Europe website:

In mid-April 2017 KIEP published a book entitled Studies in Comprehensive Regional Strategies: Collected Papers that contains my chapter on Russia’s Changing Economic and Military Relations with Europe and Asia from Cold War to the Ukraine Conflict: The Impacts of Power Balances, Partnerships and Economic Warfare (file size of 1.3 MB).

About the Author

Christopher Davis is Professorial Research Fellow at OIPA. He is Reader in Command and Transition Economies at the University of Oxford, Fellow of Wolfson College, and Head, Research Laboratory on the Economics of Health and Health Reform, Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration. He has carried out research related to demography, health, economic systems, industry and defence related to the USSR and Russia throughout his career.

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