With a range of case studies from every continent, the contributors to this book analyze the challenges that arise for states living with much larger neighbors, and the policies they develop to account for this asymmetry.

Bringing together the perspectives of bilateral relations and the study of small states, this book analyzes a range of scenarios where one or more smaller countries must manage relations with a much larger neighbor or neighbors, from the perspective of the smaller countries. Each case presents different priorities, depending on the relationship between the states concerned, while highlighting the commonalities across the various scenarios. The range of cases and contributors is wide and diverse, with examples including Togo’s relationship with Ghana, Mongolia’s with China, and Colombia’s with Brazil – as well as more widely known examples such as Canada and the United States, or Australia and New Zealand.

A valuable resource for scholars and students of international relations, and public policy of small- and medium-sized states.

part I|93 pages

Asymmetrical Relations in a Bilateral Context

chapter 2|16 pages

Canada and the United States

A Symbiotic Relationship or Complex Entanglement?

chapter 3|12 pages

Dealing with Russia

Georgia's Endeavor to Escape Trampling

chapter 5|16 pages

Legacies of a Trans-Tasman Relationship

The Evolution of Asymmetry between New Zealand and Australia

chapter 6|16 pages

Living in the Shadow of Elephants

The Case of Timor-Leste

part II|103 pages

Asymmetrical Relations in a Regional Context

chapter 8|13 pages

The Middle Power Diplomacy of South Korea

Four Strategic Choices vis-à-vis Japan and China

chapter 9|13 pages

Mongolia's Balancing Act

Sandwiched between a Bear and a Dragon

chapter 10|14 pages

Balancing the Elephant and the Dragon

Nepal's Struggle for Political In(ter)dependence

chapter 11|12 pages

The Little Red Dot That Roared

Singapore between Giants

chapter 12|16 pages

A Tripartite Dilemma

Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan Relations at the Intersection of Identity and National Interest

chapter 13|14 pages

Stepping Out of the Shade

Qatari-Saudi Relations Amid the Rise of Cosmopolitan Qatar

chapter 14|19 pages

Colombian Economic Foreign Policy toward Brazil

Limited Cooperation and Competition for Regional Leadership

part |15 pages


chapter 15|13 pages

The Mouse Fights Back

The Maneuvering Room of Smaller States with Respect to Their Larger Neighbor(s)