Contested Leadership In International Relations: Power Politics In South America, South Asia And Sub-Saharan Africa

Date Added: Feb 2010
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Given the importance of the assertion or prevention of regional leadership for the future global order, this paper examines the strategies and resources being used to assert regional leadership as well as the reactions of other states within and outside the respective regions. Secondary powers play a key role in the regional acceptance of a leadership claim. In this paper, the authors identify the factors motivating secondary powers to accept or contest this claim. Three regional dyads, marked by different degrees of "Contested leadership," are analyzed: Brazil vs. Venezuela, India vs. Pakistan, and South Africa vs. Nigeria.