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The Place of the Russian Far East in Russia and the Asia-Pacific Region

Security, Economics, Energy, and Relations with its Neighbors

Yaroslav Shulatov is a Research Fellow of the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He is an expert on Russian-Japanese relations.
This seminar organized and chaired by Dr. Peter Berton, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of International Relations, USC.
About Yaroslav Shulatov: Yaroslav Shulatov is a Research Fellow of the Slavic Research Center at Hokkaido University. His research is devoted to Russo/Soviet-Japanese relations of the first half of the twentieth century and focuses on the diplomatic, military and economic aspects of bilateral relations. He is also examining the continuity of Russian policy in the Far East and the course towards Japan during the Tsarist and Soviet periods. His research is based mostly on primary sources (declassified archival documents) and gives comparative analysis of positions of different political actors on the central and local levels. He is also interested in issues closely connected with relations between Russia/the USSR and Japan – Korean and Mongolian problems, Manchuria, the Chinese revolution, etc. Yaroslav was born and brought up in the Russian Far East (Khabarovsk) and lived for more than 10 years in Japan, receiving his Ph.D. in Law Science from Keio University (Tokyo) and working as JSPS researcher in  the University of Tokyo. He also has a Ph.D. in Russian History received from the Far Eastern Humanitarian University in Khabarovsk. He has more then 20 academic publications in English, Russian, Japanese and Mongolian, including dissertations and monograph.
About Peter Berton: Peter Berton is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations here at USC.  He received the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese government in 2012 for his major contributions to Japanese studies in the United States. Berton is an expert on the interaction and rivalry among major players in the Asia Pacific region, as well as international negotiation behavior.  His areas of expertise include: Chinese foreign policy, Japanese politics and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, Russian relations with China, Japan and Korea, Japanese, Chinese and Russian negotiating behavior, territorial and maritime disputes in Eastern Asia, international and comparative Communism, and geopolitics in the 20th and 21st centuries.  He is the author of Japan on the Psychologist's Couch (2002), The Psychology of Japan's Foreign Relations (1999), Japan In the Asia-Pacific Balance of Power (2001), Japanese Communist Party and Its Transformations (2000), The Japanese-Russian Territorial Dilemma (1993), The Secret Russo-Japanese Alliance of 1916 (1988) and The Russo-Japanese Boundary (1967), as well as numerous articles on the international relations of the Pacific Rim.  Berton is also the co-author of Contemporary China (1967), The Russian Impact on Japan (1981) and The Fateful Choice: Japan's Advance into Southeast Asia, 1939-1941 (1980).  Additionally, he was the co-editor of International Negotiation: Actors, Structure/Process, Values (1999) and a contributor to the Guide to International Relations and Diplomacy (2002).