This module provides a roadmap to understanding the shifting international system and changing role of regional powers.
These resources provide a baseline of understanding, but as the international landscape continues to evolve, new data will become available.
- Pew Research Center, Global Balance of Power: Pew produces a broad range of research products and trend reporting on international and regional power dynamics. Information on research studies and publications can be found at http://www.pewresearch.org/topics/global-balance-of-power/
Recent Publications and Journal Articles:
- Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Whither the IMF?: This article describes the increasing power and influence of regional powers Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. It speculates on the implications for the global system.
- Citation: Mohan, Rakesh, and Muneesh Kapur. Emerging Powers and Global Governance: Whither the IMF? Working paper. International Monetary Fund, 2015. Accessed March 2017.
- How to Compare Regional Powers: Analytical Concepts and Research Topics: This paper discusses criteria and characteristics of regional powers as well as their international role. It provides a basic overview of regional powers while also addressing their role in the changing international system.
- Citation: Nolte, Detlef. “How to Compare Regional Powers: Analytical Concepts and Research Topics.” Review of International Studies 36.04 (2010): 881-901. Accessed March 15, 2017. https://ecpr.eu/Filestore/PaperProposal/212a550d-597b-4f60-86df-ec73a8e43707.pdf
- Brazil’s Global Ambitions: This Brookings article details the growing influence of Brazil and the challenges it faces as an increasingly powerful yet still notably impeded international actor.
- Citation: Trinkunas, Harold. “Brazil’s Global Ambitions Brookings Institution, 28 July 2016. Accessed February 4, 2017. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/brazils-global-ambitions.
- The Influence of Regional Power Distributions on Interdependence: This paper addresses several hypotheses concerning the dynamic between regional hegemons and international trade.
- Citation: Allen, Michael A. “The Influence of Regional Power Distributions on Interdependence.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (2016): n. pag. Web. 16 Mar. 2017. https://wpsa.research.pdx.edu/papers/docs/Regional Power and Trade – WPSA 2015.pdf.
- Brazil as a Regional Power: Views from the Hemisphere: This report present multiple perspectives on the role of Brazil both within the region and the world.
- Citation: “Brazil as a Regional Power: Views from the Hemisphere”. Rep. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar.
- The Roles of Regional Security Institutions in the Era of Power Shift: The Implications for Japan-China Relations: This articles examines regional security issues within Asia and the roles and attitudes of Japan and China within this dynamic.
- Citation: “The Roles of Regional Security Institutions in the Era of Power Shift: The Implications for Japan-China Relations.” The Tokyo Foundation, 29 Aug. 2012. Accessed April, 10 2017. http://www.tokyofoundation.org/en/topics/japan-china-next-generation-dialogue/roles-of-regional-security-institutions.
- Regional Powers and Security Orders: A Theoretical Framework: The authors explore the definition of a regional power and how such a power can influence international security issues.
- Citation: Stewart-Ingersoll, Robert, and Derrick Frazier. “Regional Powers and Security Orders: A Theoretical Framework”. London: Routledge, 2012.
These materials were developed as an initiative of the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) curriculum at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.