"International Relations Concepts"
On Arctic Exceptionalism
Author: Juha Käpylä, Harri Mikkola
Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)
This paper analyzes the notion of "Arctic exceptionalism" arguing that the Arctic today is not only global but no different from any other region in terms of being increasingly subject to politico-strategic dynamics.
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The Coming Wars with Iran
Author: Yossef Bodansky
Institut für Strategie- Politik- Sicherheits- und Wirtschaftsberatung (ISPSW)
In light of the announcement of the Iran nuclear framework agreement reached in Lausanne in April 2015, this brief discusses Iran's policy to become a dominant regional power and what factors have affected the country's efforts to achieve this aim.
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20 Mar 2015
Modi and the Indian Ocean: Restoring India's Sphere of Influence
Author: Raja Mohan
Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS)
This brief discusses India's rising profile in the Indian Ocean since the 1990s and Modi's 2015 comprehensive framework for India's maritime engagement there.
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10 Mar 2015
Author: Loro Horta
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
This paper looks at the development of Sino-Brazilian relations and the reasons for China’s growing influence in the Americas.
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Policy Recommendation for South Korea’s Middle Power Diplomacy: Maritime Security Policy
Author: Min Gyo Koo
East Asia Institute (EAI)
This paper provides recommendations on how South Korea can use its middle power status to help address the tensions arising from maritime disputes in East Asia, including those between regional actors and those between China and the US.
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Policy Recommendation for South Korea’s Middle Power Diplomacy: Trade
Author: Yul Sohn
East Asia Institute (EAI)
This paper provides recommendations on how South Korea can further regional stability and prosperity in East Asia through the part it can play in helping to bring about a new trade regime in the region based on free trade.
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The Ukraine-Russia Conflict: Signals and Scenarios for the Broader Region
Author: Lauren Van Metre, Viola G Gienger, Kathleen Kuehnast
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
This paper lays out the findings of two USIP workshops held during the summer of 2014 which sought to outline potential drivers of conflict, sketch plausible scenarios that could lead to violent conflict on a major scale, and pinpoint opportunities f...
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Russia, Iran and the (Increasingly) Lonely Superpower
Author: John R Haines
Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)
This paper discusses Samuel Huntington's idea from his 1999 essay, "The Lonely Superpower" that the number of governments who see their interests as coinciding with those of the US is shrinking, and how it applies it to the dynamics playing out in th...
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Power and Influence in Africa
Author: Jakkie Cilliers, Julia Schünemann, Jonathan D Moyer
Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
This paper explores the historical distribution of power in Africa and how it could develop up to 2040, with a particular focus on Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa.
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