Jul 14, 2020 - FEFU News
FEFU held a round table on strategic stability in Northeast Asia

The international roundtable on strategic stability in Northeast Asia was held online at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). The event brought together leading experts in the field of nuclear weapons and international security from Russia, the USA, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the United Kingdom.

The organizer was the FEFU Institute of Oriental Studies - School of Regional and International Studies. The round table was attended by representatives of the Institute of World Economy and International Relations named after E.M. Primakov, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Fudan University, RAND Corporation, Stanford University, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and several others.

According to Victoria Panova, FEFU Vice-President for International Relations, the unofficial format of the expert event provided an excellent opportunity to exchange frank opinions on such sensitive issues as nuclear weapons, including the regional specifics of Northeast Asia. Despite the time difference, the discussion lasted more than two hours and turned out to be very rich in opinions and interesting.

According to experts, the global strategic arms control system, which at one time was created by the joint efforts of Moscow and Washington, is now in an acute crisis and may soon cease to exist at all. Meanwhile, Northeast Asia is a region in which the three official nuclear powers (Russia, USA, China), the de facto nuclear North Korea, as well as Japan and South Korea, which can create nuclear weapons in the shortest possible time, are directly in contact. If the great nuclear powers cannot agree among themselves at the global level, this will have serious consequences for security in Northeast Asia.

Far Eastern Federal University is becoming an increasingly prominent global actor in addressing the "big challenges", is actively joining the global research networks and thematic expert communities of the Asia-Pacific region. FEFU acts as a world-class analytics and expertise center, accumulating a resource of specialists in various aspects of the development of the Russian Far East and Asia-Pacific.