Trends toward Isolationism and Expansionism in International Relations as a Complex System

40 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2021

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Yeongkyun Jang

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Jae-Suk Yang

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Date Written: February 18, 2021

Abstract

It is important to investigate international relations at the system level because the system is the outcome of interaction among all states and trends in this system come back to affect individual states. In this study, we clearly demonstrate that the system of international relations is a complex system. We also empirically measure international trends using the parameters (average degree, density, reciprocity, and transitivity) provided by network analysis. Using these network parameters, we examine trends toward isolationism and expansionism in the system of international relations. The results demonstrate that a trend toward isolationism is currently in progress in the economic network among states, and a trend toward expansionism is continuing in the political and military networks.

Suggested Citation

Jang, Yeongkyun and Yang, Jae-Suk, Trends toward Isolationism and Expansionism in International Relations as a Complex System (February 18, 2021). KAIST College of Business Working Paper Series Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3788108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3788108

Yeongkyun Jang

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ( email )

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Jae-Suk Yang (Contact Author)

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ( email )

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Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

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