CHINA’S GROWING ROLE IN REGIONAL INSTITUTIONS: Application of institutional realism to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)

  • Aylin Aksu


Abstract: China’s ever growing importance in world affairs and politics has not gone by unnoticed. However, conventional IR theories fail to explain how the emerging superpower has been expanding its role in regional institutions. The rather novel theory of scholar Kai He of institutional realism will be applied to China’s involvement in the formation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). His theory combines traditional neorealism with elements of the neoliberal interdependence theory in an attempt to provide a holistic approach to the PRC’s foreign policy decisions.