Issue 2020 - Volume 14 Issue 3

Issue 14:3

Mila Larionova

Conceptualizing Soft Balancing Beyond Cold War. What’s Changed, What Remains the Same?

This article is a systematic inquiry into the nature and role of soft balancing in the contemporary theory and practice of international relations. By wading into the contentious debate concerning the place and legitimacy of soft balancing, the article explores the theoretical prominence of the concept and adds methodological content to the study. Thus, the research produces a quantitative corpus-based and thematic analysis of the existing soft balancing literature to demarcate the boundary of…

Issue 14:3

Joel Petersson Ivre, Eugene Lee

Making It Personal? A Comparative Study of Institutional Constraints on Foreign Policy in Russia and China

By treating militarism and personalism as institutional constraints on foreign policy, this article examines the role and influence of these constraints on the foreign policies of Russia and China. By looking at empirical evidence the authors argue that domestic institutional constraints in each country have exhibited distinctly different patterns throughout the last twenty years, and this can to some extent explain the difference in their respective foreign policies. However, institutional…

Issue 14:3

Ardavan Khoshnood

The Role of the Qods Force in the Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

The establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) in 1979 had a great impact on the question of security in both the region and outside of the Middle East. The foreign policy of the new republic would show hostility and aggression as terrorism became its modus operandi. In order to safeguard the newly established regime and the revolution, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Pasdaran) was established, of which its external branch was named the Qods Force (QF). By reviewing scholarly…

2020 - Volume 14 Issue 3