is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where she also serves as the director of the Dimensions of Security Programme. She has worked at PRIO since 1998 in the area of security, with a particular focus on foreign and security policy issues related to Turkey...
- Brazil in the South Atlantic: growing protagonism and unintended consequences
Adriana Erthal Abdenur , Danilo Marcondes de Souza Neto , 27 May 2013
- Turkish and Iranian interests and policies in the South Caucasus
Evanthia Balla , 23 April 2013
- Azerbaijan’s security concerns: a view from within
Fariz Ismailzade , 10 April 2013
- Georgia: identity, foreign policy and the politics of a “Euro-Atlantic orientation”
Kornely Kakachia , 27 March 2013
- The main dimensions of Armenia’s foreign and security policy
Narek S. Galstyan , 26 March 2013
- Non-state actors and South Caucasus security: the role of NGOs, transnational corporations and religious organisations
Licínia Simão , 19 March 2013
- Security in the South Caucasus: the EU, NATO and Russia
Maria Raquel Freire , 4 March 2013
The concept of “rising powers”
Pinar Tank, 29 June 2012
The end of the cold war and the bipolar world order heralded an era of transition for global governance. Twenty years on there is still no consensus on the status of the distribution and exercise of power in today’s multipolar world. What is clear, however, is the rise of new powers seeking a global political role comparable with their increased economic clout. Often referred to as the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – to which second-tier powers such as Indonesia, Turkey and Mexico can be added, these states are called “rising powers” or “new powers” because of their rapid economic development, and expanding political and cultural influence.
Based on two seminars hosted by PRIO/NOREF in 2011 and 2012, this brief article reflects on the term “rising powers”, illustrating some of these countries’ common traits and different approaches to their role as emerging powers. How do new powers as diverse as Brazil and Turkey aspire to rising-power status? How important is regional leadership? How do they project soft power? And finally, what challenges do established powers face in their relations with rising powers?