Neighbourhood Watch: Japanese and Swedish perspectives on Russian security


  • Shinji Hyodo
  • Carolina Vendil Pallin
  • Yoshiaki Sakaguchi
  • Johan Norberg
  • Shigeki Akimoto
  • Susanne Oxenstierna
  • Hiroshi Yamazoe
  • Jakob Hedenskog

Publish date: 2012-12-06

Report number: FOI-R--3519--SE

Pages: 138

Written in: English


  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • strategy
  • military
  • reform
  • energy policy
  • energy security
  • security policy
  • counterterrorism
  • China
  • SCO
  • CSTO


The present study on Russia is a result of a cooperation project between the National Institute of Defense Studies (NIDS) in Tokyo and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Stockholm. It has been written with the support of the Japanese and Swedish ministries of defence. The study attempts to add to the understanding of Russia's security outlook by combining or, at times, juxtaposing two different geographical outlooks on similar questions. Its underlying assumption is that we will increase our understanding of Russia by comparing these neighbourhood analyses of Russian strategy, military deployment, energy policy and counter-terrorism policy.

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