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Title:Small powers in world politics: Asian and African perspectives
Editors:Wong, Pak Nung
Lumumba-Kasongo, TukumbiISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Volume:13
Issue:1-2
Pages:1-236
Language:English
City:Leiden
Publisher:Brill
Geographic terms:Africa
Asia
Egypt
Liberia
China
Subjects:international relations
South-South relations
global economy
food security
Link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/15692108/13/1-2
Abstract:This special issue is a collection of papers which were originally presented at the international conference on 'The small powers in world politics: African and Asian Perspectives', held in June 2012 in Hong Kong, China. Four papers are concerned with African countries. In their contribution 'The small powers in world politics: contours of an African-Asian critical realism', Pak Nung Wong and George Kieh Jr. propose an 'African-Asian critical realism' approach after examining all the existing approaches to study small power politics. They provide a comparative global-historical-structural analysis of Liberia and the Philippines in the context of the U.S. having attained global hegemony after 1991 and China having gradually become a great power after 2000. Gerald Chan argues in 'China and small States in food security government' that while China has a national interest in food importations from small States in order to meet its growing demands for food security, it is also increasingly aware of its global responsibility in order to clear the suspicions and fears of these small powers in the Global South. Tai Wei Lim provides a new perspective to re-conceptualize East Asian regional integration with reference to coal energy cooperation in 'Multilateralism and dependency theory: a discussion of George Klay Kieh Jr's ideas, small States and coal resource management'. Drawing from a cross-regional dialogue with an African viewpoint, Lim explores what contributes to a small State or power's success or failure. Samah Sayed Ahmed sees in his contribution 'The impact of food and global economic crises (2008) on food security in Egypt' that the recent Egyptian food crisis is continuously interlocked by such external influences as the 2008 global financial crisis and the more recent Arab awakenings. This calls for the international community and organizations to consider how to ensure food security by reducing the small powers' vulnerability to food insecurity in general. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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