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Panel sponsored by IPSA's Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41):

Regional Balancers: Pivotal State Actors in Sub-Systemic Integration and Balancing Processes

Two decades into the post-Cold War era, IR debate is still dominated by proponents of Hegemony Theory and its two supportive propositions: soft power's efficacy and balance-of-power thinking's irrelevance. Yet, in a classic case of praxis trumping conceptual model-building, contemporary events suggest a definite shift away from American unipolarity toward the decentralization and devolution of global power. The effect is to enhance the status of middle-range Powers as well as the rivalries between competitive regional actors in each of the respective geopolitical subsystems, thereby reconfirming the ongoing "balancing" of power and influence. The aim of this panel is to enable a closer comparative look at the pivotal role at present and for the coming decade of such countries as Turkey, Russia, Iran, India and Pakistan, Vietnam, Argentina and Brazil in the dynamics of (a) regional integration, developmental cooperation, conflict management and conflict resolution; and (b) regional balancing by such traditional means as alliance formation, arms racing, diplomacy and economic statecraft.


• Ms. Antonio Lucena Silva. Forging Alliances: Mapping the Balance of Power between India and China

• Michael Kluth. North-South Rivalry and Offshore Balancing in Sub-Saharan Africa

• Umut Korkul. OIC Cotton Forum Negotiations: Small States Taking the Lead, or Turkey Becoming a Regional Power?

• Fabricio Chagas Bastos. South America and the Issue of Power at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Chair: Professor Michael Kluth

Date: February 18th, 2011

Time: 13:30 - 15:10

Venue: Civil Engineering Building Room S/03

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