Regional Problems

  • James E. Goodby
  • Kenneth WeisbrodeEmail author


There are various types of regions and regionalisms, but there are few international or global problems that do not manifest themselves regionally. Regional problems—border and resource disputes, ethnic conflicts, power rivalries, and so on—are endemic to international relations and therefore are among the problems that scholars and practitioners have the most experience in addressing. This chapter pays particular attention to problems in Northeast Asia, the Middle East, and Europe—specifically those relating to North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, NATO, and Russia—and challenges the tendency to “pivot” from one problem, country, or region to the other.


North Korea Afghanistan Iran India NATO Russia Pivot to Asia Middle East Eurasia Regionalism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Hoover InstitutionStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Bilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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