Venue: Asia Research Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom.
Date: 7-8 November 2003
Call for papers: We invite submissions for presentations. Abstracts of between 1000 and 2000 words must be submitted by e-mail by Thursday 31 July 2003 to Rita Field.
Theme: The aim of the workshop is to advance our theoretical and empirical understanding of the role of middle powers in Asia-Pacific security. Security studies tend to focus on the role of great powers. However, although great powers are responsible for the management of the system, they are not necessarily able to control the framework for regional order. Middle powers may be defined as powers that are capable of pursuing policies independently of the great powers without their special rights and responsibilities. The workshop explores how powers of the second rank affect the prospects for peace and stability in South, Southeast, Central and Northeast Asia.
Issues that it is timely to address include:
who do we consider to be middle powers in the context of Asia-Pacific security? South Korea, Russia, Japan, India, China, ASEAN?
what is the relationship between middle powers, great powers and small powers? Do middle powers aim to become mediators between great powers, and if so, why do they aim for this position? Insofar as great powers and middle powers both have a determining impact on the political framework for regional order, how does this affect the behaviour of small states?
under what conditions are middle powers capable of pursuing policies independently of the great powers? During periods of transition in regional order, or during periods of regional stability?
do institutions have particular significance for the ability of middle powers to pursue policies independently of the great powers?
do the role of middle powers call for revisions in existing international relations theories?
Assuming high quality of papers, publication will be pursued.
Costs: Participants will have to pay their own expenses, including travel, accommodation and meals. A buffet lunch will be provided at the workshop.
Asia Research Centre
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