Regional Powers and Contested Leadership

  • Hannes Ebert
  • Daniel Flemes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Contested Leadership in South America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Daniel Flemes, Rafael Castro
      Pages 85-109
  3. Contested Leadership in Sub-Saharan Africa

  4. Contested Leadership in East Asia

  5. Contested Leadership in South Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
  6. Contested Leadership in Post-Soviet Eurasia

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-348

About this book


When do rising powers fail to establish legitimate regional leadership and instead face contestation by their regional challengers? This book investigates how and why the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) project leadership in South America, post-Soviet Eurasia, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, respectively, and in what ways their main regional challengers respond. Based on a systematic conceptualization of the types and drivers of leadership and contestation, the authors assess the impact of the rise of regional powers on weaker states’ security, sovereignty, and status, as well as the consequences of contestation for regional economic development and stability and the regional powers’ bid for greater voice in global governance. By illuminating the sources and effects of power politics in five regions that are increasingly pivotal for the emerging world order, the volume offers a global comparative analysis of contemporary regional contested leadership that will interest scholars and students of international affairs, foreign policy, and area studies. 

Hannes Ebert is Research Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

Daniel Flemes is Schumpeter Fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.


Leadership and Emerging Powers rising regional powers regional leadership BRICS United Nations Security Council membership contemporary power shifts in global politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Hannes Ebert
    • 1
  • Daniel Flemes
    • 2
  1. 1.GIGA German Institute of Global and Area StudiesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.GIGA German Institute of Global and Area StudiesHamburgGermany

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