Why is there no non-western international relations theory? Ten years on

Amitav Acharya, Barry Buzan

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A decade ago in 2007 we published a forum in International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (IRAP) on 'Why there is no non-Western IR theory?'. Now we revisit this project ten years on, and assess the current state of play. What we do in this article is first, to survey and assess the relevant literature that has come out since then; second, to set out four ways in which our own understanding of this issue has evolved since 2007; third to reflect on some ways in which Asian IR might contribute to the emergence of what we call 'Global IR'; and fourth to look specifically at hierarchy as an issue on which East Asian IR scholars might have a comparative advantage. Our aim is to renew, and perhaps refocus, the challenge to Asian IR scholars, and our hope is that this will contribute to the building of Global IR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-370
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Relations of the Asia-Pacific
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017

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