The Zen of International Relations

IR Theory from East to West

  • Stephen Chan
  • Peter Mandaville
  • Roland Bleiker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: Within International Relations Itself, a New Culture Rises Up

  3. Establishing a Debate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Hidemi Suganami
      Pages 17-36
    3. Roland Bleiker
      Pages 37-66
  4. Attempting to Form the Debate

  5. The Inclination of Middle Eastern Civilisation

  6. The Zen of International Relations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 244-254

About this book


The new millennium can only be a time of true globalization if different histories and systems of understanding the world are appreciated. The authors unveil significant studies to do with epistemological debates in International Relations, and give detailed middle and far-eastern examples of how different cultures have used story-telling as a means of understanding what is outside and around. Especially provocative is the Chinese idea of the West as an 'Other', as atypical and, indeed, inscrutable, to the extent of not needing scrutiny at all.


foreign policy globalization international relations Policy realism

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Chan
    • 1
  • Peter Mandaville
    • 2
  • Roland Bleiker
    • 3
  1. 1.Nottingham Trent UniversityUK
  2. 2.George Mason UniversityVirginiaUSA
  3. 3.Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of QueenslandAustralia

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