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No War, No Peace, No Incentives:
Political, Economic and Strategic Bases of
Inertia in Russian-Japanese Reconciliation
by Peter W. Richardson, Ph.D.

Despite the end of World War II seventy years ago, Russia
and Japan have not signed a peace treaty terminating
hostilities from that conflict. The absence of de jure
diplomatic normalization persists largely because of
ongoing dispute of ownership of the southern Kuril
Islands – seized from Japan by the Soviet Union in August
1945. Notwithstanding these obstacles, the two countries
expanded relations in political, economic and strategic
spheres and abstained from military confrontation for
seven decades. Although such accomplishments are
notable given the circumstances, bilateral ties are neither
exceptional nor indicative of normalization through 2050.
The relationship constitutes one of “no war, no peace”
and there exists little incentive for genuine reconciliation.

Boston Public Library – Brighton Branch
40 Academy Hill Rd., Brighton MA 02135
(Monday) May 9, 2016
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
(30-minute lecture, 30-minute audience Q & A)

Dr. Peter W. Richardson received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northeastern University
in 2011 with a specialization in Russian foreign policy in Asia-Pacific. He recently has
presented papers on Russian-Japanese relations at the International Studies Association 2015
ISSS-ISAC Joint Annual Conference in Springfield, MA and Northeastern Political Science
Association 2015 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA – and was nominated for a “best
paper” award at the latter. As an adjunct professor in the Northeastern University College of
Professional Studies (NU CPS) M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations Program
since July 2012, Dr. Richardson has instructed graduate courses on conflict resolution,
international terrorism and nuclear nonproliferation. He was nominated for the Excellence in
Teaching Award at NU CPS in Spring 2015. Happily married in August 2015, Dr.
Richardson and his wife, Meredith, live in Brighton.

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