NATO Global Perceptions – Views from Asia-Pacific Region

Details

Time line

October 2014 – April 2016

Project description

The research programme of the Project is informed by the three thematic foci:

  1. Contribution of external media images and elite perceptions into the definition of NATO’s roles and conceptualisations in a post-Cold War world, in a changing security environment;
  2. The role of external media images and elite perceptions in NATO’s global dialogues;
  3. The degree, to which external media images and elite perceptions reflect NATO’s commitment to crisis management at all stages (with an emphasis on preventing crises), including humanitarian crises.

The Project is build on and extends the internationally tested academic expertise and methodology in the field of international relations perceptions studies.

The Project impact is as follows:

  1. Determination of barriers and obstacles for the Alliance on the way to deliver its message on cooperative security in general;
  2. Identification of key drivers for enhancing cooperation between the Alliance and its existing and prospective partners in Asia-Pacific;
  3. Providing significant assistance for the Alliance in the process of facilitating mutually beneficial cooperation with countries of Asia-Pacific on issues of common interest, including international efforts to meet emerging security challenges;
  4. Identification of human and social aspects of security related to NATO's strategic objectives globally.

The Project features comprehensive research training and regular collaborations through workshops, public events as well as weekly contacts via e-mail/Skype.

The quality of the Project’s research programme is based on:

  1. The innovative character of the topic
    Investigating the images of the NATO as a cooperative security actor in media and elite discourses, the Project will explore the complex relationship between general and issue-specific external views on NATO – a novel subject in the scholarship of NATO and its external outreach/public diplomacy.

  2. Comparative design
    A comparative approach will be used, which is the key to overcoming a ‘naïve universalism’ of general theoretical propositions based on single-country data. Positioned within a cross-national research paradigm, the Project views media and elite discourses as two common frameworks and develops thematic comparisons to interpret NATO images within and across the stable frameworks, and within and across locations.

  3. Focus on Asia-Pacific as an academic added value
    Extensive research focused on the role of NATO in the post-Cold War environment. However, scholarly interest toward NATO’s relations with Asia-Pacific in the context of the changing multipolar world is in deficit.

  4. Contribution to global cooperative security strategy development
    The Project will develop recommendations on NATO’s external outreach and public diplomacy capabilities.

  5. A truly international academic collaboration 
    The Project’s team of co-directors, experts and researchers is a sizable group of professionals from Estonia, the United States, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, the UK, and the People’s Republic of China.

Project researchers

Co-Directors and administrators

  • Vlad Vernygora, NATO Project Director (NPD), Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, TUT, Estonia
  • Natalia Chaban, Partner Country Project Director (PPD), Associate Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Martin Holland, Co-Director, Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Svetlana Beltyukova, Co-Director, Professor, University of Toledo, U.S.A.
  • Christine Fox, Co-Director, Professor, University of Toledo, U.S.A.
  • Anna-Maria Nizovtseva, Executive Secretary, Department of International Relations, TUT, Estonia
  • Tarmo Tuisk, Research Administrator, Department of International Relations, TUT, Estonia
  • Anna-Lotta Äijälä, Internship, Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, TUT, Estonia

Experts

  • Svetlana Beltyukova, Co-Director, Professor, University of Toledo, U.S.A.
  • Christine Fox, Co-Director, Professor, University of Toledo, U.S.A.
  • Joe Burton, Expert, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Serena Kelly, Expert, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Researchers – Media Images

  • Munkhtur Dorjraa, Media Researcher, Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia
  • Byambakhand Luguusharav, Media Researcher, Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia
  • Adiyasuren Jamiyandagva, Media Researcher, Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia
  • Paul Bacon, Media Researcher, Waseda University, Japan
  • Naoto Umezawa, Media Researcher, Waseda University, Japan
  • Sung-Won Yoon, Media Researcher, University of Suwon,Republic of Korea
  • Wenwen Shen, Media Researcher, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Olga Gulyaeva, Media Researcher, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Researchers – Elite Perceptions

  • Natalia Chaban, Partner Country Project Director (PPD), Associate Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Martin Holland, Co-Director, Professor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Sung-Won Yoon, Media Researcher, University of Suwon, Republic of Korea
  • Munkhtur Dorjraa, Media Researcher, Institute for Strategic Studies, Mongolia
  • Paul Bacon, Media Researcher, Waseda University, Japan
  • Wenwen Shen, Media Researcher, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Joe Burton, Expert, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand