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Pluralising International Relations?with the Global IR Agenda

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Abstract

How global is International Relations really? The discipline of International Relations (IR) has long been criticised for its Eurocentric foundations and perspectives. At the International Studies Association (ISA) Convention in 2014, the ISA President, Amitav Acharya, promoted the novel Global IR agenda. Constituted of six dimensions, the Agenda seeks to globalise the IR discipline. This article will first define International Relations, linking a broad definition to the root of Eurocentrism within the discipline. It provides three reasons as to how Eurocentrism remains a problem for the IR discipline. It will then outline the six dimensions of the Global IR Agenda: (i) pluralistic universalism; (ii) a grounding in world history; (iii)?integration of Western and non-Western theories; (iv)?integration of regionalism and area studies; (v)?renouncing of exceptionalism; (vi)?and?recognising multiple forms of agency. A brief evaluation of the Agenda suggests there are at least five potential obstacles for Global IR. The objective of this article is to promote the Global IR Agenda in its attempt to make the IR discipline more inclusive for ideas, scholars, and regions.

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(2020). Pluralising International Relations?with the Global IR Agenda. The Journal of Academic Development and Education, https://doi.org/10.21252/wdp0-kc39

Acceptance Date Aug 27, 2020
Publication Date Sep 1, 2020
Journal Journal of Academic Development and Education Student Edition
Print ISSN 2051-3593
DOI https://doi.org/10.21252/wdp0-kc39
Keywords eurocentrism, global International Relations, pluralism, alternative worldviews
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.21252/wdp0-kc39

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