“Middle power assertiveness as a behavioural model in foreign policy”, Andriy Tyushka (CoE, Poland)

The chapter on “Middle power assertiveness as a behavioural model in foreign policy” challenges the mainstream perception of middle powers as “good international citizens”, thus pointing to rich real-policy evidence of middle powers acting as “bad international citizens”, too. The chapter draws on a burgeoning literature on foreign policy assertiveness in an effort to conceptualize both cooperative (niche diplomacy, bridging, norm and idea entrepreneurship, etc.) and confrontational (soft balancing, hedging, balking, veto and spoiler politics) practices of middlepowermanship in international relations.

The publication can be found here.