Security Challenges
Volume 14, No.1 (2018)

Security Strategies of Middle Powers in the Asia Pacific

In 2013 there was a fascinating case of life imitating theory. The G20 was increasingly driven by the dynamics of two rival groups of great and major powers, the G7 and the BRICS. Left over were five smaller ‘middle powers’. What united them was what they did not share (membership of the other groups) rather than anything distinctly common to themselves. Just as scholars have long identified yet wondered what to do with the middle powers, so too MIKTA (standing for Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) has been a forum in search of a mission ever since.

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