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Introduction: Remaking the Small Powers' Destines.- The Small Powers in World Politics: Outline of a Theory of African- Asian Critical Realism.- U.S.-China Containment and Counter-Containment in Southeast Asia: The `Battle' for Myanmar (Burma).- Strategic Cultures as `the Powers': Kautilya's Hindu Statecraft and the `String of Pearls' in the Indian Ocean.- Chaperoning Thai Populist Democracy: Habitus, Structure and Technique of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Statecraft (1946-2016).- Practicing People's Diplomacy over Disputed Waters: Peaceable Intervention across the South China Sea.- How would China Approach the European Rim-land? The Pivots of Poland and the United Kingdom.- Conclusion: The Small Will Do What They Can!.- References.

About the Author

Pak Nung Wong was educated at the City University of Hong Kong, London School of Economics and Political Science, and St. Antony's College of Oxford University. He currently teaches at the University of Bath of the United Kingdom for the following undergraduate and postgraduate units: (1) Foreign Policy Decision-making and Its Analysis, (2) Politics in China, (3) Governance, Security and Development in East and Southeast Asia, (4) Culture and Religion in International Relations. He is the author of several books, including (1) Post-Colonial Statecraft in South East Asia: Sovereignty, State-Building and the Chinese in the Philippines (I. B. Tauris, 2013), and (2) Discerning the Powers in Post-Colonial Africa and Asia: A Treatise on Christian Statecraft (Springer Science+Business Media, 2016). He edits Bandung: Journal of the Global South, a leading Open Access journal published by BioMed Central of Springer Nature.

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