Sovereign States must Take and Active Role in Global Governance

437 WordsJan 28, 20182 Pages
By simply interpreting the definition, middle powers are sovereign states that are not super powers or great powers in the field of international relations, but still have moderate or significant influence than small powers and have international recognition by other states. After the Second World War, global society became starting to be aware of the fact that there was a need for middle powers, not so directly engaged in global economics and politics, to act as intermediary in global governance. With rapid globalization process among various sectors and many states, the global society has become more interconnected and interdependent ever in terms of facing global problems as wells as regional ones. Also with the current international relations, sovereign states as middle powers, they reflect the tendency to compromise, coordinate, and cooperate in order to maintain their national interests, status quo Jeffrey Robertson, “South Korea as a Middle Power: capacity, Behavior, and Now Opportunity,” KINU, vol. 16, No. 1 (2007):. 151-174. . Such current trend encourages certain sovereign states to take active roles in global governance these days, and as middle powers they would try to find their voice in international community. This paper is to examine how middle powers play in current global governance, based on middle power theories. What is a Middle Power? Originating from the European state system in the late 16th century, Giovanni Botero categorize the world into
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