Central Asia and the Rise of Normative Powers: Contextualizing the Security Governance of the European Union, China, and India

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A&C Black, Oct 15, 2012 - Political Science - 240 pages
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This book offers a unique analytical investigation of the international politics of the EU, China, and India in the context of their security strategies in Central Asia. It shows how the interaction between these three actors is likely to change the frameworks and practices of international relations. This is studied through their interactions with central Asia, using the framework of normative powers and the concept of regional security governance.

Briefly, a normative power shapes a target state’s attitudes and perceptions as it internalizes and adopts the perspectives of the normative power as the norm. The work comparatively studies the dynamics that have allowed Beijing, Brussels, and New Delhi to articulate security mechanisms in Central Asia, and become rising normative powers.

This innovative study does not aim to catalog foreign policies, but to uncover the dominant perceptions, cognitive structures and practices that guide these actors’ regional agency, as exemplified through the context of Central Asia. It will be an essential resource for anyone studying international relations, international relations theory, and foreign policy analysis.

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PART ONE Context and frameworks for the engagement with the rise
The shadows of normative powers
The deliberate practice of relational security governance
PART TWO Following the Central Asian agency of normative powers
Shanghaied into cooperation? Framing the Central Asian agency of China
A strategic culture looking north for its normative power
The struggle for recognition of adaptive normative powers

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Emilian Kavalski is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. His research focuses on European politics, especially the enlargement, common foreign and security policy, and external relations of the EU, as well as on the interactions between China, India and the European Union in Central Asia. He has published several books, including India and Central Asia: The Mythmaking and International Relations of a Rising Power (I.B.Tauris, 2010).

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