China & India - Analysing The Current & Anticipating the Future Asian Security Structure

Daniel Møller Ølgaard, Tina S.L. Gill, David Sousa, Ida Löchte, Mujeeb Wasiq & Lukas Müller Maximillian

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project investigates the positions of India and China in the context of the Asian region. Our focus on these two states owes to their currently increasing relevance as economies and powers. In order to analyse them in their regional context, we apply the Regional Security Complex Theory by Barry Buzan and seek to answer two questions: By focusing on China and India, what is the current security structure of the Asian regional security complex (RSC)? And based on this, what is the most likely scenario for future development within the Asian RSC? Part I is a descriptive analysis which, first, identifies the patterns of amity and enmity in the Asian inter-state security relationships and, second, assesses the distribution of power among China and India and the states relevant to their security positions. Through the descriptive analysis we conclude that the Asian RSC is currently centred on China as the dominant regional power. Part II of the analysis is predictive. We assess the stability of the trends identified in the descriptive analysis and their impact on the current structure of the region in order to anticipate the future structure of the Asian RSC. Analysing China’s and India’s positions as regards power projection capabilities and security, we conclude that China and India will constitute the dominating regional powers in the future bipolar structure of the Asian RSC.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato12 jan. 2012


  • Descriptive
  • Security Structure
  • Predictive
  • Regional Security Complex