The Rising Powers Initiative consists of three distinct projects:
“Worldviews of Aspiring Powers“ focuses on identifying and tracking the internal foreign policy debates in five countries: China, Japan, India, Russia, and Iran. By understanding how these major and aspiring powers think about their own national security, international economic policymaking, identity and power, and the role of the United States in the world, this project will illuminate the implications for U.S. global leadership in the twenty-first century. “Worldviews of Aspiring Powers” is supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
“Power and Identity in Asia“ is interested in whether international relations in Asia in the foreseeable future are likely to be characterized by cooperation and regional integration or by security tensions and interstate war. The research will assess the dominant security orientations of China, India, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN regarding U.S. leadership in Asia, and how these are affected by variations in national identities. This project is supported by a grant from the Asia Security Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
“Asia’s Economic Challenges“ examines the regional and global economic influence of aspiring Asian powers, with a focus on the economic policies of China, Japan, India, Indonesia and South Korea. In particular, this project will investigate the growth of resource nationalism and competition for energy; the external impact of China’s economic and financial policies; India’s global investment policies; and the strategic implications of regional economic interdependence. “Asia’s Economic Challenges” is supported by the George Washington University’s Office of the Vice President for Research.