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KOROLEV, Alexander

Alexander Korolev

Research Fellow

Alexander Korolev
Contact Details
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Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
Wing A, Level 2, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Dr. Alexander Korolev is a Research Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation. His research interests include International Relations Theory and Comparative Politics, Russia’s Foreign Policy and China-Russia relations, Political Transition in former socialist countries, Politics of Social Reforms, and Theory and Practice of democracy. Dr. Korolev is working on several projects, among which International Cooperation in the Development of Russia’s Far East and Siberia, Russia’s Reorientation to the East and Strategic Implications to East Asia and the World, Balancing Behaviour of States under the Conditions of Declining Unipolarity. He received an MA in International Relations from Nankai University, Zhou Enlai School of Government (2009), and PhD in Political Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2012). He has been a visiting researcher at the Political Science Department of Brown University (2011-2012).

Research Areas

  • International relations theory and comparative politics with special reference to China and Russia
  • Great Powers politics
  • The Geopolitics of Eurasian international politics
  • China-Russia relations
  • Problems of political transition in former socialist countries
  • Theory and practice of democracy


Edited Volumes

  • Huang, J. & Korolev, A., (Eds.). The Political Economy of Pacific Russia: Regional Developments in East Asia (Palgrave McMillan, 2016).
  • Huang, J. & Korolev, A., (Eds.). (2015). International Cooperation in the Development of Russia’s Siberia and Far East. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Journal Articles

  • “The De-ideologized Mass Line and Regime Responsiveness,” forthcoming in China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, Issue 2, June 2017.
  • “Theories of Non-Balancing and Russia’s Foreign Policy,” Journal of Strategic Studies, (Feb 2017): online first
  •  “Systemic Balancing and Regional Hedging: China-Russia Relations,” Chinese Journal of International Politics, Vol. 9, Issue 4 (Winter 2016): 375-397.
    Editor’s choice, available at: https://academic.oup.com/cjip/article/doi/10.1093/cjip/pow013/2528288/Systemic-Balancing-and-Regional-Hedging-China
  • The Social Effectiveness of Political Regimes – Does Democracy Matter? Russia and the Pacific, Vol.93, No.3 (September 2016): 82-105,
  • Korolev, A. “The Breakdown of the ‘Balancing Dilemma’ and Russia’s Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World,” revise and resubmit with Journal of Strategic Studies.
  • Korolev, A. “The De-ideologized Mass Line and Regime Responsiveness,” forthcoming in China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, Issue 2, 2017.
  • Korolev, A. (2016) “Systemic Balancing and Regional Hedging: The Two-Level Nature of China-Russia Relations,” Chinese Journal of International Politics, Online first: (DOI 10.1093/cjip/pow013).
  • Korolev, A. (2016). Russia’s Reorientation to the East: Causes and Strategic Implications for East Asia and the World. Pacific Affairs, 89.1: 53-73.
  • Korolev, A. (2016). Regime Responsiveness to Basic Needs: A Dimensional Approach, Studies in Comparative International Development. Available online: (DOI 10.1007/s12116-015-9209-z)
  • Korolev, A. (2015). 中俄战略联盟:迷思与现实 [Myths and reality of China-Russia strategic alliance], 上海外国语大学G20 研究中心[SISU G20 REVIEW ] No.2015-01: 1-15.
  • Korolev, A. (2015). Bringing Geopolitics Back In: Russia’s Foreign Policy and Its Relations with the Post‐Soviet Space. International Studies Review, 17.2: 298-312.
  • Korolev, A. (2015). PRC’s Political Regime Reaction to the Basic Needs of the Population. Far Eastern Affairs, 43,2: 23-47.
  • Korolev, A. (2015). Domestic and Foreign Policy of the PRC: Promoting Reforms and Global Influence. The 26th International Symposium of the Association of Chinese Political Studies at San Jose. Far Eastern Affairs, 42,2: 157-169.
  • Korolev, A. (2015). Needs/wants Dichotomy and Regime Responsiveness,” Critical Review: A Journal of Politics & Society, 27.1: 23-48.
  • Korolev, A. (2014). Deliberative Democracy Nationwide? – Evaluating Deliberativeness of Healthcare Reform in China. Journal of Chinese Political Science, 19,2: 151-172.
  • Korolev, A. (2013). 俄罗斯国际关系学科的发展及其理论探索 [The Development of Russian IR Discipline – Theoretical Exploration. 教学与研究 [Teaching and Research], 47.12 (2013): 64-73.
  • Korolev, A. (2012). China’s Healthcare: Developing a Universal Coverage Plan. Far Eastern Affairs, 1: 45-76.
  • Korolev, A. (2011). Balancing in a Unipolar World: Causes and Outcomes – The Case of the 2008 Russian-Georgian Conflict. Civilitas, 3: 58-89.
  • Korolev, A. (2011). The Search for a Model of Health Insurance in China. Far Eastern Affairs, 6: 98-117.
  • Korolev, A., & Zhang, R. (2010). International Relations Theory with Chinese Characteristics: State of the Art and Tendencies of Development. Far Eastern Affairs, 3: 96-110.

Book chapters and articles in Refereed Collections

  • “Introduction: Re-embedding Pacific Russia in the Changing Regional Environment” (with Jing Huang) in Jing Huang and Alexander Korolev eds., The Political Economy of Pacific Russia: Regional Developments in East Asia, (Palgrave McMillan 2016) pp. 1-15.
  • Korolev, A., & Huang, J. (2015). Russia’s New Pivot to Asia and Potential for International Cooperation. In J. Huang, & A. Korolev (Eds.), International Cooperation in the Development of Russia’s Siberia and Far East pp. 1-19. Palgrave McMillan.
  • Korolev, A. (2014). Does China Need Political Reform for Future Economic Growth, and Will Further Economic Growth Lead to the Democratization of China’s Political Regime. The 3rd Plenum of the CPC: the New Leadership and Reform Strategies (pp. 3-19 (In Russian)). Moscow: Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Far Eastern Studies.
  • Korolev, A. (2013). Chinese Scholars about the Possible Scenarios for Political Reform in the PRC. 18th National Congress of the CPC: New Tasks and Development Prospects, pp. 22-43 (In Russian). Moscow : Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Far Eastern Studies.
  • Korolev, A. (2009). Zhou Enlai and Geneva Conference: Common Demands and Different Approaches of China and the Soviet Union. In X. Xing (Ed.), New Look at Zhou Enlai Studies in the 21st Century: Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Zhou Enlai studies (pp. 1019-1026 In Chinese). Beijing: Central Literature Publishing House.
  • Korolev, A., Ji , W., & Zhang, Q. (2009). Employment Policy in the European Union: Lessons for China. In Y. Tuan, & X. Peng (Ed.), Contemporary Social Policy Studies IV: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Social Policy Construction and Development in East Asia (pp. 161-190 (In Chinese)). Beijing: China Labor and Social Security Publishing House.
  • Korolev, A., (2008). Some Changes in the China’s Development Strategy. In Latushko, Y. V., & Stavrov , I. (Eds.). Russian Far East and the Pacific Rim Countries in Changing World: The XI international conference of young scholars (In Russian). Vladivostok: IHAE FEB RAS.

Book reviews

  • Korolev, A. (2015). China’s Soft Power and International Relations. Journal of Chinese Political Science.
  • Korolev, A. (2013). China 3.0. Far Eastern Affairs , 166-172 (In Russian).

Other Academic Publications

Work in progress

  • Korolev, A. Journal article “Hedging in China-Russia relations,” manuscript to be submitted to a special issue on China’s foreign policy with Journal of Contemporary China.
  • Korolev, A. Special issue proposal “After the Ukraine Crisis: Towards a Post-Hegemonic Multipolar World” a special issue proposal to be submitted to World Politics
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