Strategic Regions in 21st Century Power Politics: Zones of Consensus and Zones of Conflict

PrefaceOne Geopolitics of Indian Ocean: Limits of Chinese Strategy Martin Riegl and Jakub LandovskyTheoretical frameworkDelimiting the Indian OceanThe Geopolitical Significance of the Indian OceanActors and their strategies USAAreas of conflictSouth AsiaSoutheast AfricaSoutheast AsiaPersian GulfHorn of AfricaConclusionWorks CitedTwo The Geopolitics of BRICS Wouter H ZaaymanMovement from a Bipolar to a Multipolar WorldThe Diversity of BRICSThe BRICS CountriesThe Changing Geopolitical SettingConclusionWorks CitedThree Indian Ocean Region: The Neomedieval Analysis Bohumil DobosThe New Middle AgesIndian Ocean AnalysisState-strength criteriaNeomedieval CriteriaCountry AnalysisConclusionWorks CitedFour Power Politics: Implications for South East Asia or How Geography Influences Competition among Nations Jan Kofron On offensive neorealism and the role of spaceRegional settingRegional ImplicationsIn Place of a Conclusion: Implications for TaiwanWorks CitedFive Taiwan’s Policy towards the South China Sea Jana Sehnalkova “Cold-Blooded Murder”: Conflict with the Philippines, May 2013Taiwan’s Territorial Claims: Where and WhyTaiwan’s Approach to the South China Sea - The Spratly Islands and the PratasChina ReactsConclusionWorks CitedSix China, Perceived Power Antonio Marques Bessa To Understand the Power of the StatesCline ReturnsThe Newest Changes in ChinaAnd Now?Works CitedSeven Arctic Geopolitical Configuration: Zones of Consensus and Zones of Conflict Irina Valko Defining the Region’s BordersTheory and MethodologyArctic Geopolitical Grouping: Dataset, Measurements, ResultsGeography and Intraregional Conflict: The Arctic CaseSummary and Directions for Further ResearchWorks CitedEight China in the Pacific Islands: Beyond the ‘Bad Dragon’ NarrativeRepresenting and Misrepresenting China in the Pacific IslandsBreaking the “China Threat” SpellChinese Aid to the Pacific IslandsTrade and investmentDiplomatic and Military TiesCross-Strait Dynamics: “Scary” No MoreConclusionWorks CitedNine The Senkaku Islands and Japan: Shifting from Idealism to Pragmatism Takashi HosodaDevelopment of China’s Military CapabilityDevelopment of the PRC’s naval capabilityChina’s expanding of maritime activitiesThree Pillars of Abe’s Defense PolicyExercising the right to collective defenseAnother measure to strengthen the allianceImprovement of self-defense capabilitiesEnhancing maritime law-enforcement capabilityDevelopment of self-defense forcesConsolidation of institutionsDevelopment of multilateral security networkSecurity network with regional powersSecurity cooperation and capacity building with ASEAN countriesSpecial cooperation with the Republic of ChinaWill Japan Restore Militarism Again?Definition of militarism and analysis of Japan, PRC and ROKManipulation of public opinion in PRC with anti-Japan sentimentFactors of shaping current Abe’s defense and foreign policiesConclusionWorks CitedTen Globalization of Crises and/or the Crisis of Globalization from the Perspective of Serbia Dejan S. Miletic,1 Nevena Krasulja2 and EMINA JEREMIC MARKOVIC Introduction - term definitionsEconomic financial crisisSecurity crisisEnvironmental crisisProblem of managementConclusionWorks CitedEleven The Eurasian Union as a Tool of Russian Geopolitics in the Era of Globalisation Velina TchakarovaTheoretical BackgroundMethodological ApproachTowards an Eurasian Economic UnionHistorical background of Russia’s regional integration initiativesTowards an Eurasian Economic UnionThe calculations behind Russia’s regional integration attemptsUkraine between Eurasian and European Integration AspirationsTwo Scenarios for the Development of the Eurasian Economic UnionScenario 1: The Eurasian Economic Union - old wine in new wineskinsScenario 2: Russia’s new, rising integration project in a struggle for geopolitical leadershipConclusionWorks Cited Monographs and PeriodicalsInternet SourcesTwelve South Korea, the Six Party Talks, AND Relations WITH THE MAJOR POWERS Kendra Sundal Development of a Liberal Democratic System in South KoreaKim Dae Jung: The Sunshine Policy and US-South Korea RelationsRoh Moo Hyun: US-South Korea and China-South Korea RelationsLee Myung Bak: The End of “Sunshine” and Renewed US-Korea RelationsConclusion: A New Era? Park Geun-Hye, Kim Jong-Un, and the Future of the SPTWorks CitedThirteen Emergence of Vietnamese-U.S. Cooperation as a Result of the Rise of China Mario Sharevski Historical Development of the Relations between Vietnam, China and the USCurrent Issues and Disputes between Vietnam and ChinaEmergence of Vietnamese - US CooperationPolitical CooperationSecurity CooperationEconomic cooperationConclusionWorks CitedFourteen Denying “America’s Decline”: The New Development of Joseph Nye’s “Soft Power” Theory: China’s Perspective Ruiping Wang The Significance of “Soft Power”Nye’s New Understanding of Changes to and Tendencies of America’s “Soft Power”Research on national strengthEscaping from the “power fading fatalism” cycleJousting between China and AmericaThe economic levelSoft powerGeopoliticsThe immigration issueConclusionWorks Cited
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