Great Powers and International Conflict Management. European and Chinese Involvement in the Darfur and Iran Crises

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Publication Date January 2009
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This paper discusses how the relationship between China and Europe in international conflict management is evolving by looking at the cases of Sudan and Iran.

Two questions in particular are of interest. First, does the growing influence of China lead to a weakening of Europe’s role? This could manifest itself in terms of less influence in countries in the region, in less cooperation with the world’s most powerful nation, the United States, or in a decreasing influence on defining which norms apply in international security issues (or global governance), – all of these in a relative sense regarding China’s position. Second, what is the potential for cooperation between Europe and China in conflict management and security diplomacy? In other words, which factors are relevant and how are they affecting the potential for cooperation?

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