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India and South Asia in the world: on the embeddedness of regions in the international system and its consequences for regional powers

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Prys, Miriam

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Abstract Regions and the regional powers that characterize them stand in multiple inter-relations with the world system. Yet, theories of International Relations struggle with the conceptualization of this global-regional nexus. This article introduces an analytical tool that allows for the evaluation of the ‘embeddedness’ of regions into the international system and its consequences for a regional power in ‘its’ region. The theoretical tool shows in particular that regional powers do not necessarily have an inherent interest in ‘their’ region and its stabilization or, in general, the provision of public goods. Instead, global interests can prevail. Thus, the decision to engage positively in the region is one that does not automatically follow from relative preponderance as it is assumed by many analysts of regional powerhood in the case study chosen here, South Asia, and across the globe. The applicability of this analytical tool is illustrated with the help of two specific examples – India's conflict management in Sri Lanka and its role in the democratization process in Nepal.
Keywords South Asia; India; international system; international relations; theory; power; foreign policy
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords regionales internationales System; regionale Führungsmacht; Status und Rolle im internationalen System
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages 33 p.
Journal International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 13 (2013) 2
ISSN 1470-4838
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.