is still eclipsed by the northern giant. The question yet to be answered is whether Vietnam and China can find that equilibrium in their asymmetricrelationship. 1 Analyses on Vietnam–China relations are often centred around two approaches, one historical and the other geopolitical. 2 There is no
acceptable to itself. This means that the dominant state is not ‘omnipotent’ while the smaller state is not ‘impotent.’
Womack further notes that in asymmetricrelationship perspectives diverge. Capabilities of a state determines its perspective towards external engagement. While the smaller state has more
granted out of self-interest or moral conviction.
I suspect that this form of legitimacy is more common than previously thought,
and might help to explain not just my second puzzle but also the asymmetricalrelationship between iso and iseal that I described earlier.
asymmetricalrelationships of power, the conclusion is that his representation of the Africans contains elements that should be classi- ﬁ ed as racist. Keywords Norwegian mission, Olav Guttorm Myklebust, racism, representation of Africans * I would like to thank Dr. Brian McNeil for translating the original
asymmetries. We focus speciﬁ cally on responses or ‘strategies’ employed by third parties to manage dis- putes arising from asymmetricalrelationships. We suggest that third parties can choose between two main strategies when situating themselves in an asymmetri- cal context. First, they can disregard the
relationship mechanism of urban violence: violence is characteristically relational, not individual – its production is not because people attack one another but because the existing compliance model has been shaken. In the practice of gray governance, there is an asymmetricrelationship between governor and
is track-II diplomacy involves an asymmetricalrelationship between a state and an often nebulous and evasive group. Its management is most paradoxical, for the negotiation is a non-negotiation and the counterparts are the most unlikely of negotiators. Th is article analyses the very speciﬁc elements