Analysing regional integration Researching regional cooperation Studying regional subsystems of global system
A regional system is an especially intense network of international links within a defined geographical compass (namely regional cooperation, regional transactions, or regional organization). Regional subsystem is a term used to explain the interdependence between local ties and concerns and the large world which constrains them.
Research at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations is exploring Russia's real national interests in Central Asia after the collapse of the former Soviet Union; there is also an attempt to define the trends in bilateral Russian -- Central Asia relations and prospects for their development in the near future.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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