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Asymmetric Neighbours and International Relations
Living in the Shadow of Elephants

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ISBN 9781032283104
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With a range of case studies from every continent, the contributors to this book analyse the challenges that arise for states living with much larger neighbours, and the policies they develop to account for this asymmetry.

Bringing together the perspectives of bilateral relations and the study of small states, this book analyses a range of scenarios where one or more smaller countries must manage relations with a much larger neighbour or neighbours, from the perspective of the smaller countries. Each case presents different priorities, depending on the relationship between the states concerned, while highlighting the commonalities across the various scenarios. The range of cases and contributors is wide and diverse, with examples including Togo’s relationship with Ghana, Mongolia’s with China, and Colombia’s with Brazil – as well as more widely-known examples such as Canada and the USA, or Australia and New Zealand.

A valuable resource for scholars and students of international relations, and public policy of small- and medium-sized states.

Table of Contents

1. New Perspectives on Asymmetrical Relations

Thomas R. Klassen, Nara Park and Ian Roberge

Part I: Asymmetrical Relations in a Bilateral Context

2.Canada and the United States: A Symbiotic Relationship or Complex Entanglement?

Charles Conteh

3. Dealing with Russia: Georgia’s Endeavor to Escape Trampling

Salome Minesashvili, Frédéric Labarre, and Pierre Jolicoeur

4. Endless Integration of Russia and its "Difficult Ally" Belarus

Leonid Karabeshkin, Pierre Jolicoeur and Frédéric Labarre

5. Legacies of a Trans-Tasman relationship: The Evolution of Asymmetry between New Zealand and Australia

Jennifer Curtin and Dominic O’Sullivan

6. Living in the Shadow of Elephants: The Case of Timor-Leste

Nicholas Morris

7. Living Peacefully or In the Shadow? Elucidating the Relationship between Ghana and Togo

Frank L.K. Ohemeng and Emmanuel K. Sakyi

Part II: Asymmetrical Relations in a Regional Context

8. The Middle Power Diplomacy of South Korea: Four Strategic Choices vis-à-vis Japan and China

Nara Park

9. Mongolia’s Balancing Act: Sandwiched between a Bear and a Dragon

Undraa Agvaanluvsan

10. Balancing the Elephant and the Dragon: Nepal’s Struggle for Political In(ter)dependence

Jawad Hussain Qureshi

11. The Little Red Dot that Roared: Singapore Between the Giants

Yohanes Sulaiman

12. A Tripartite Dilemma: Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan Relations at the Intersection of Identity and National Interest

Merve Özdemirkiran-Embel

13. Stepping out of the Shade: Qatari-Saudi Relations Amidst the Rise of ‘Cosmopolitan Qatar'

Gertjan Hoetjes

14. Colombian Economic Foreign Policy towards Brazil: Limited Cooperation and Competition for Regional Leadership

Eduardo Pastrana Buelvas and Diego F. Vera Piñeros


15. The Mouse Fights back: The Manoeuvring Room of Smaller States with Respect to Their Larger Neighbor

Ian Roberge

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Ian Roberge is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Nara Park is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Yonsei University, South Korea.

Thomas R. Klassen is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, both at York University, Toronto, Canada.