Analysis of a case study of International Power (state)

write a short report about an International Power (case study) following these instructions…. Context When we characterize any type of international actor we basically consider two functional criteria regarding its agency: (1) autonomy and (2) influence. At the time of analysing each type of international power (state), the three elements we must take into account (and that are related to its autonomy and influence) are: Distribution of power (resources) Role played in the international system – systemic role (agenda setting, securitisation, stability/order/change of the structure, etc.) Identity/self-perception (interests: world-wide or regional/local?) Assignment For your case study you have to categorize your state using (and combining) two kind of typologies: (1) Pre-modern / Modern / Post-modern state (following Robert Cooper typology – see compulsory reading for this task) (2) Great Power, Emerging Power, Traditional Middle Power, Regional Power or Small Power In order to apply both types of typologies to your case study you should gather the following data: Distribution of power (resources): you have to measure different power dimensions of your case study (economic, demographic, military, natural resources, etc.) in order to establish a “resources power profile” (and being able to assess the autonomy of your case study) Role played in the international system – systemic role (agenda setting, securitisation, stability/order/change of the structure, etc.): you have to analyse which is the role that your case study plays in global governance in its several dimensions (economic, security, political, environmental, etc). To do that, you have to assess its membership in different IGOs, number of treaties signed, number of times being a non-permanent member of UNSC, etc. Here you should be able to assess the influence exerted by your case study. Identity/self-perception (interests: world-wide or regional/local?): here you have to analyse the foreign policy of your case study and be able to assess the scope of its influence according to its self-perception within the international system (if it sees itself as a just local/regional relevant actor; if it pretends to project its interests world-wide, so it sees itself as a sort of Great Power or would-be-Great Power, etc.) VERY IMPORTANT: the data you will gather for these three elements is not the aim of this assignment (although data is important); what is relevant is the assessment/interpretation of this data to be able to apply the typologies in a reasoned way. Obviously, without data you won’t be able to do it, but data per se is not enough. Format instructions You have to write a report of up to 2000 words (bibliography, footnotes and annex excluded). Longer reports will not be considered. Some considerations: (1) You may consider that 2000 words is not enough space to do it: I’m totally aware that you will gather information to write a report of up to 4 times this length. But I don’t need that: what I need is a synthetic analysis (and “synthesis” implies short, intense and with added-value). Something like a fiche you may find in Wikipedia. So here what I told you in the instructions of the individual essay about the Liberal International order is still valid: it’s impossible to write the 2000 words in one go!. So gathering enough and quality information is as important as being able to synthesise it. (2) Being synthetic does not mean skipping the use of the data gathered: you may include an Annex with some of this data, but try to be reasonable with its length (what I will mostly assess is the 2000 words analysis) Material: to write this report you will need to use not only the class notes and the mandatory readings from the course (basically useful to contextualize these International Power categories), but also complementary sources (reports, academic articles, official stats, etc.) about your case study to be able to analyse these three dimensions. Remember that at the end of the document “Reference System” (about how to correctly reference your bibliographic sources) you will find a thorough list of IR academic journals and websites. Reference: all the sources used for the report should be properly referenced, following the “Reference systems” model uploaded with these instructions. Attention: because that’s a “short” report it does not mean you can do it using just 3 or 4 references… Remember that your analysis shouldn’t be “short” but “concise” and “synthetic” (and to achieve the latter you need to read and use several sources of information).

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