Conclusion: On the possibility of a non- Western international relations theory

Amitav Acharya, Barry Buzan

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In the conclusion, we first offer some thoughts addressing the main question posed in this volume: the absence of a non-Western IRT and possible explanations behind it. We then reflect on whether the question of a non-Western IRT is a meaningful one, and whether the way it is approached in this collection could result in a productive debate that would advance the discipline of IR. Although our empirical focus is on Asia, we suggest some insights that have more general relevance for non-Western IRT. To this end, we incorporate and compare insights from the Islamic world and reflections on the importance of world historical perspectives in advancing the prospects for non-Western IRT.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Western International Relations Theory
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives On and Beyond Asia
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135174040
ISBN (Print)9780415474733
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

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