Regions and the Globe: A Spatial-Temporal Framework for Foreign Policy Analysis
Does the regional environment shape a state’s international socialization and, thus, its perception on external affairs? If this is the case, how does such a process happen and what are the consequences for a state’s global foreign policy? We tackle both questions by elaborating an analytical framework that accounts for spatial-temporal interactions in foreign policy. We accomplish such a task by reporting the preliminary findings of a comparison of Brazil’s and India’s views on the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Through the […]
Leaders or Loners? How Do the BRICS Countries and their Regions Vote in the UN General Assembly
The so-called emerging powers, including the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), typically present themselves as natural leaders of their regions. Although physical size confers them the status of regional powers, their role as leaders depends on the consensual acceptance of their would-be followers. Can it be affirmed then that the countries under the influence of the BRICS show convergent positions? Can the five BRICS be considered de facto leaders of their regions? This article sets out […]
Emerging Powers and the Notion of International Responsibility: moral duty or shifting goalpost?
The rise of new powers and attendant shifts in the global balance of power have led to calls for UN Security Council reform. Established powers have often responded by linking increased influence in the international system with the assumption of more international responsibility by aspirant powers. Based on ethical and philosophical approaches from the individual and state levels, and a case study of Brazil, this article analyses the way in which the notion of responsibility is discursively constructed, demonstrating the […]