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  • Greater legitimacy of Small Island Developing States (SIDS): A statistical perspective on its definition   Order a copy of this article
    by Allister Mounsey, Asha Singh 
    Abstract: Small Island Developing States (SIDS) has been inserted into much of the inter-governmental discourse in areas such as climate change, environmental protection, vulnerabilities and socio-economic development. However, concerns remain about the groups legitimacy, leading to questions about the attainability of its geopolitical objectives. These concerns emanate in part, from the lack of an explicit and defined classification criteria for the group. This paper represents an attempt at resolving this problem and add to the work on this area. Its main contribution is an easily implemented statistical procedure that endogenously generates these criteria for conceptually relevant indicators. This procedure accords each self-identified SIDS a presumption of innocence- only being found guilty of pretence if it violates the selection criteria that the self-identified group in a statistical methodology created. This is applied to a set of indicators based on relevant concepts to propose strict and relaxed definitions of SIDS.
    Keywords: Small Island Developing States; Alliances; Statistical Methodology; Legitimacy.

  • Organising Greek commercial diplomacy: oscillating between integrated and fragmented models of organisation   Order a copy of this article
    by Elena Georgiadou 
    Abstract: In a growing number of countries, national diplomatic systems are in a process of prioritising commercial diplomacy in their international agendas. In order to pursue this priority effectively, developed economies have integrated commercial diplomacy to their national diplomatic systems by re-arranging their foreign ministries, centralising commercial diplomacy or in some cases merging their foreign ministries and trade/economic ministries. And although literature on commercial diplomacy of competitive economies has found its way into the mainstream of diplomatic studies, there is lack of smaller country based studies with regard to how they choose to organise their commercial diplomacy. Such national accounts of changing diplomatic structures, processes and practices inform well the study of contemporary diplomacy. In this light, this article aims to explore the structures and processes of Greek commercial diplomacy and to investigate whether the Greek case is aligned with mainstream developments in the said area of diplomacy.
    Keywords: commercial diplomacy; economic diplomacy; integrated diplomacy; foreign ministry; business and export support.

    by Donya Saberi, Cody Morris Paris, Belisa Marochi 
    Abstract: A state's global influence can be systematically and strategically developed through policies and planning of a carefully crafted national brand and soft power strategies. The United Arab Emirates has actively employed policies and strategies to create a positive brand image of the country to increase its regional and global standing as an emerging regional power. The country's progress strong international brand has attracted significant foreign investment, international tourists, and a reputation as a great place to work and live. The purpose of this article is to explore the relationship between soft power, place branding, and diplomacy, and to illustrate this relationship through a description of the film and tourism industries in the UAE.
    Keywords: Place Branding; Public Diplomacy; International Tourism; City Branding; Economic Diversification; Cultural Diplomacy.

  • Mineral resources endowment and economic growth in Southern African Countries   Order a copy of this article
    by Olawumi Dele Awolusi, Josue Mbonigaba 
    Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between mineral resource endowment and economic growth in the Southern African economies using a panel dataset of 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) from 1990 to 2014. The empirical methodology involved the use of Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) as the estimation techniques. The economic growth model was analysed based on a modified framework from Mahonye and Mandishara (2015). The findings are that real growth in services, real growth of manufacturing, real growth of agriculture, real growth of mining, human capital development, infrastructural development, trade openness, and growth in foreign direct investment, were all important determinants of economic growth in Southern African economies during the study period. Therefore, Southern African countries with natural resources should encourage their development and not be concerned about the threat of resource curse.
    Keywords: Mining sector; mineral resource endowment; economic growth; OLS; GMM; Southern African Development Community; SADC.