Diplomacy in a Changing World Order: The Role of Strategic Partnerships
Research What does the emergence of an increasing number of so-called “strategic partnerships” mean for the future world order? This paper explores this question through a study of three global actors: China, the USA and the EU. Michalski, A. (2019) Diplomacy in a Changing World Order: The Role of Strategic Partnerships. UI Paper no. 10, September 2019.
The Partnership Shift: Analysing the European Union’s Strategic Engagement with India
Research The European Union’s new strategy on India – and India’s positive response to it –provide strong impetus for greater bilateral engagement. This paper analyses opportunities and challenges for the EU-India relationship, as it enters a new more strategic phase. Aspengren, H. C. & Nordenstam, A. (2019) The Partnership Shift: Analysing the European Union’s Strategic Engagement with India. UI Paper no. 9, July 2019.
Challenges to the Post-2003 Political Order in Iraq
Research This paper argues that Iraq’s post-2003 identity-based political structure is not the only useful tool for understanding domestic political trends and the nature of the conflict in that country. Iraqis have lived for over 16 years with the same political parties, political elite and political system, marred by corruption, and many are beginning to demand change. Mansour, R. (2019) Challenges to the Post-2003 Political Order in Iraq. UI Paper no. 8, July 2019.
From Cold War to Civil War: 75 Years of Russian-Syrian Relations
Research This paper seeks to focus on the Russian-Syrian relationship through a largely chronological description of its evolution up to the present day, with additional thematically organised material on Russia’s current role in Syria. Lund, A. (2019) From Cold War to Civil War: 75 Years of Russian-Syrian Relations. UI Paper No. 7, May 2019.
The EU as a Global Actor: A new conceptualisation four decades after ‘actorness’
Research In this paper, the authors build a holistic model for understanding and predicting changes in the EU’s ‘actor capacity’, in the generalising spirit of the original actorness approach with a new set of dynamic and integrated components that emphasize a previously missing variable: EU performance. Rhinard, M. & Sjöstedt, G. (2019) The EU as a Global Actor: A new conceptualisation four decades after ‘actorness’. UI Paper No. 6, May 2019.
Peace in Yemen
Research This paper examines the prospects for peace in Yemen. It identifies the main challenges and opportunities, and evaluates their potential impact and likelihood of realisation. It gives an overview of the agendas of the warring sides and the history of past negotiations. It also covers other important issues, such as the war economy, federalism and the role of the international community.Al-Kahwati, A. (2019) Peace in Yemen. UI Paper No. 5, May 2019.
Myanmar in transition: China, conflict, and ceasefire economies in Kachin State
Research This paper describes how the Myanmar government’s attempts to root out discontent by economic means paradoxically led to the emergence of a vocal civil society able to disrupt and contest not only the state, but also its powerful neighbour, China. Hedström, J. (2019) Myanmar in transition: China, conflict, and ceasefire economies in Kachin State. UI Paper no. 4, April 2019.
Marketization in North Korea: Scenarios for economic, political and social change
Research This UI paper explores the spread of markets in North Korea and analyzes the potential for marketization to bring about change in the authoritarian state. Hanssen, U. & Song, J-W. (2019) Marketization in North Korea: Scenarios for economic, political and social change, UI Paper no. 1, January 2019.