Alexander Gabuev

Senior Fellow and Chair
Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program
Carnegie Moscow Center
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Gabuev is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center.


MA, Stock Markets and Investments, Higher School of Economics (2013)
MA, Chinese History, Moscow State University (2009)
BA, Chinese History, Moscow State University (2007)


Chinese; English; German; Russian

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Alexander Gabuev is a senior fellow and the chair of the Russia in the Asia-Pacific Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center. His research is focused on Russia’s policy toward East and Southeast Asia, political and ideological trends in China, and China’s relations with its neighbors—especially those in Central Asia.

Prior to joining Carnegie, Gabuev was a member of the editorial board of Kommersant publishing house and served as deputy editor in chief of Kommersant-Vlast, one of Russia’s most influential newsweeklies. Gabuev started his career at Kommersant in 2007 working as a senior diplomatic reporter, as a member of then president Dmitry Medvedev’s press corps, and as deputy foreign editor for Kommersant. His reporting covered Russia’s relations with Asian powers and the connection between Russian business interests and foreign policy.

Gabuev has previously worked as a nonresident visiting research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and taught courses on Chinese energy policy and political culture at Moscow State University.

In April-June 2018, Gabuev was a visiting scholar at Fudan University (Shanghai, China), and was teaching courses on Sino-Russian relations.

Gabuev is a Munich Young Leader of Munich International Security Conference and a member of Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (Russia).

  • Commentary January 10, 2022 Русский
    Turmoil in Kazakhstan Heralds the End of the Nazarbayev Era

    The protests in Kazakhstan have shown that the current model of governance has angered millions of people who missed out when the resources pie was shared out. Yet that model is such an intrinsic part of the country’s economic and political structure that the leadership is unlikely to be able to change it, should President Tokayev wish to do so.

  • Op-Ed The Moscow Times January 3, 2022
    Foreign Policy Experts Map Russia’s Plans For 2022

    What does Russia hope to achieve in 2022? The Moscow Times asked 10 leading experts in Russian foreign policy to give their predictions for the coming year.

  • Commentary December 31, 2021 Русский
    Neighbors, Partners, Competitors: Drivers and Limitations of China-Russia Relations

    Over the course of the last thirty years, China and Russia have demonstrated that their partnership is resilient and expanding. Any pragmatic leadership in the Kremlin—even a democratic one that seeks to improve ties with the West—will try to maintain stable and friendly relations with China, just as any pragmatic Chinese leadership will do with Russia.

  • Commentary December 31, 2021 Русский
    The Ice Age: Russia and China’s Energy Cooperation in the Arctic

    The development of the Yamal LNG and Arctic LNG 2 projects indicates that China has been and will remain Russia’s main foreign partner in Far North megaprojects for the foreseeable future. At the same time, Moscow is making a conscious effort to be less dependent on its partnership with Beijing.

  • Commentary December 13, 2021
    Podcast: Can Digital Sovereignty Ever Be More Than a Myth in Russia?

    What are the roots and drivers of the digital sovereignty narrative in Russian politics? Is there any Russian alternative to foreign 5G technology? Is the specter of sanctions against 5G equipment and other civilian telecom software a real threat, or a myth spread by scaremongers?

  • Commentary December 1, 2021
    Podcast: China’s Nuclear Expansion

    What are the driving forces and goals behind China’s nuclear buildup? Should the ongoing U.S.-Russian arms control talks take into account Chinese progress? And does China’s refusal to take part in those talks render them meaningless?

  • Op-Ed November 23, 2021
    Russia’s Energy Deals with China May Backfire on the Kremlin

    Yet this approach will, in the longer run, inevitably have unintended downsides for Russia itself. If Moscow doubles down on building more pipelines to China as a counterweight to its reliance on energy exports to Europe, it might find within a decade that it is highly dependent on a sole consumer at the other end of the pipeline.

  • Op-Ed Financial Times November 22, 2021
    Russia’s Energy Deals with China May Backfire on the Kremlin

    Moscow has much leverage over Europe as a gas supplier, but an over-reliance on Beijing carries long-term strategic risks

  • Commentary November 19, 2021
    Podcast: What’s the Kremlin's Strategy on the European Energy Crunch?

    Is the German regulator’s suspension of the certification process for Nord Stream 2 technical, or political? Why isn’t Gazprom cashing in while prices are so high, by sending additional gas to Europe? How does the Russian gas giant plan to deal with the global green energy transition?

  • Commentary October 29, 2021
    How Has Coronavirus Changed International Relations and Russian Foreign Policy?

    The pandemic has failed to bring geopolitical rivals together, but has it created new divisions, or merely amplified existing disagreements? And have any lessons been learned for dealing with other global challenges, like climate change?

  • December 20, 2021 Live online Русский
    The China-Russia Entente and European Security Interests

    How deep is the security partnership between China and Russia really, beyond the curated images projected by the two propaganda machines? What sources of potential tension are there between Moscow and Beijing, and is the situation in Central Asia following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one of them? Please join Alexander Gabuev, Janka Oertel and Raffaello Pantucci to discuss these issues.

  • December 10, 2021 Live online Русский
    The Geoeconomics of Russia-China Relations Amid the Pandemic and Climate Change

    What are the key drivers and obstacles in Sino-Russian economic cooperation? How badly does China need Russian commodities exports? Is Russia concerned about China’s growing geoeconomic clout, and does it have any alternatives? Join Alexander Gabuev, Vita Spivak and Jiayi Zhou to explore these issues and more.

  • The Future of the China-Russia Partnership
    December 7, 2021 Live Online
    The Future of the China-Russia Partnership

    Join us for a conversation among Guan Guihai, Jennifer B. Murtazashvili, and Alexander Gabuev, moderated by Paul Haenle, on the evolving China-Russia relationship and the implications for the United States. This panel is the second of the Carnegie Global Dialogue Series 2021-2022 and will also be recorded and published as a China in the World podcast.

  • July 28, 2021 Live Online
    Prospects and Limitations for U.S.-Russia Cooperation in Education and Research

    The ongoing confrontation between Russia and the United States has led to drastically reduced cooperation in all areas, including education and academia.

  • March 22, 2021 Zoom Webinar Русский
    A Shifting Power Balance in the Indo-Pacific: Views from Tokyo and Moscow

    How does Japan view the evolution of U.S.-China relations? Is this an opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance? How likely are changes in China's behavior toward its neighbors, including Japan, India, and Australia? These questions and much more will be on the agenda in a discussion featuring Akio Takahara and Alexander Gabuev.

  • March 11, 2021 Live Online Русский
    Shinzo Abe’s Legacy: How to Further Develop Economic Ties Between Russia and Japan


    Under Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, Russian-Japanese relations reached new heights. Yet no fundamental breakthrough in bilateral economic cooperation was achieved.

  • March 11, 2021 Online Event Series Русский
    Russia and Japan: A New Era in Relations

    A new series of online events organized by the Carnegie Moscow Center and featuring leading experts from both countries will look at how Russia and Japan can strengthen their relationship under these new conditions.

  • March 10, 2021 Live Online Русский
    New Challenges for Russia and Japan in the Evolving Indo-Pacific

    The Indo-Pacific region isn’t just a growth locomotive of the global economy, it is also a source of danger: this is where the interests of the world’s powers become entangled. Although the main players in the region are still the United States and China, the power balance is largely determined by the strategies of the regional powers.

  • March 5, 2021 Live Online
    Implications of the Growing China-Russia Axis on European and UK Interests

    Amid the rupture between Russia and the West, Moscow continues to drift toward closer relations with Beijing. Their partnership is becoming deeper and more comprehensive, encompassing security, economics, technology, and global governance.

  • December 2, 2020 Live Online
    Global Regulation of Digital Technology and Surveillance

    The emergence of digital technology, including AI-enabled tools, has given states an ever-greater ability to monitor and surveil the activities of its citizens. State responses to the coronavirus pandemic—in both autocracies and democracies—have exacerbated concerns about infringements of civil liberties and privacy.

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