The event was attended by the heads of RISS and research workers of the Centre of Asia and the Middle East, Centre for Economic Research, Centre for Euro-Atlantic and Defense Studies, as well as experts of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Institute of Economics RAS, the ASEAN Centre at MGIMO, Centre for Strategic Research, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University, the Carnegie Moscow Center, and a number of socio-political websites.

RISS experts made two presentations “The Foreign Policy Doctrine of President D. Trump” (Y. Glushchenko) and “Challenges for U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region” (V. Svedentsov). During a discussion, seminar participants made an attempt to define the US foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific area. In this context, the experts made a number of assumptions about the geopolitical interests of the forces behind Trump, and opposed to him.

During the exchange of views, experts have characterized the current challenges facing the new US Administration in the Asia-Pacific region. Special attention was paid to the prospects of the Chinese-American relations complicated by a number of sore points, such as the Taiwan issue, territorial disputes, hacking, human rights, protection of intellectual property, national currency, and others. Experts also discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula in connection with North Korea’s recent missile launch toward the Sea of Japan, which is a clear provocation to test the response from the new US President.

In conclusion, RISS Director M. Fradkov urged the experts to continue work on this important topic, to identify the most critical moments, and to focus further research on these issues.