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Welcome to our new SUPRA student!

Valentina Dotto from Lund University is staying at NIAS for two weeks for the NIAS SUPRA Nordic Scholarship. Welcome!

Papayoanu’s theory: Economic interdependence and the balance of power argues that, different patterns and levels of economic interdependence in the great power system generate societal based economic constraint and incentives. These help status quo powers hoping to mobilise economic resources and political support to oppose perceived threats. This mobilisation process influences strongly the preferences of status quo powers, other states’ beliefs about those preferences, and the interpretation of signals in balance of power politics. He applies his theory to a series of case studies. In particular, in chapter 6 of his book: Power ties Economic interdependence and War he uses his theory to analyse  the post WW II international configuration  where he focus on: Economic Interdependence and Containment: American Strategy, NATO, and the Long Peace. Though the use of the qualitative method: process tracing, I would like to apply his theory and test it on the Asian theatre during the same period of time to answer the question of whether his theory can also be applied to the Asian context.