I shall submit a longer description in a few days. My paper subject is what I reference as the "creation" in Western scholarship of small Asian countries, with the resulting distortion of understanding their foreign policy goals. Much Western scholarship, as well as some Asian scholarship from larger Asian countries, portrays small countries from their outside perspective, such that the smaller countries' foreign policies are often viewed as primarily a juggling act among large powers, with no acknoweldgement of agency within the smaller countries themselves. The examples on which I focus are Bhutan, Laos, and the Maldives.
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