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IR Theory and Practice in Asia

About the Series

This series will publish philosophical, theoretical, methodological and empirical work by prominent scholars, as well as that of emerging scholars, concerned with IR theory and practice in the context of Asia. It will engage with a wide range of issues and questions ranging from meta-theoretical underpinnings of existing Western-oriented IR theories to ways of theorising Asian histories and cultures.

What are we looking for?

While we are open to any exciting ideas for edited, single or co-authored work, we are currently inviting book proposals which intend to address the following areas:

  • Global IR
  • Critical test and application of IR theory in Asian contexts
  • IR scholarship in Asia
  • Asian international politics
  • Critical pedagogy of international studies
  • Sociology of IR scholarship
  • Asian theory of international relations (Chinese IR; Japanese IR; Korean IR; and IR in ASEAN)
  • Multiple (or competing) discourses about non-Western IR theory
  • Asian histories of international relations
  • Theoretical pluralism and fragmentation in IR
  • Dialogues and engagement in a pluralist IR

More specifically, the questions the series is interested in include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • What are the implications of the rise of Asia, and especially China, for IR as a discipline?
  • Through what mechanisms has Western IR theory dominated the discipline?
  • Why has IR, as a discipline, developed the way it has?
  • What are the distinctive features and teaching practices in Asian IR communities?
  • To what extent is Western IR theory useful in comprehending Asian international politics?
  • Do developments in contemporary Asia require new theoretical and methodological innovations?
  • Is the development of an Asian theory of IR desirable? If so, how might it be achieved?
  • Will efforts to develop Asian IR theory or schools lead IR to becoming a fragmented field of study?

If you have an idea for a new book in IR Theory and Practice in Asia, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Yong-Soo Eun, Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]

Shaun Breslin, Editor, [email protected]

Kosuke Shimizu, Editor, [email protected]

Ja Ian Chong, Editor, [email protected]


Editorial Board Members:

Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA

T.V. Paul, McGill University, Canada

Tim Dunne, University of Queensland, Australia

Colin Wight, University of Sydney, Australia

Shaun Breslin, University of Warwick, UK

Takashi Inoguchi, University of Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Timothy M. Shaw, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Ian Hall, Griffith University, Australia

Wookhee Shin, Seoul National University

Chris Hughes, University of Warwick, UK

Mark Beeson, University of Western Australia

Yongjin Zhang, Bristol University, UK

Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia

Inanna Hamati-Ataya, University of Cambridge, UK

Ching Chang Chen, Ryukoku University, Japan

Emilian Kavalski, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Pinar Bilgin, Bilkent University, Turkey

Qin Yaqing, China Foreign Affairs University, China

Chanintira na Thalang, Thammasat University, Thailand

8 Series Titles

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Globalizing IR Theory Critical Engagement

Globalizing IR Theory: Critical Engagement

1st Edition

Edited By Yaqing Qin
March 17, 2020

Despite attempts to redress the balance, international relations (IR) as a discipline is still dominated by Western theories. The contributors in this book explore the challenges of constructing an alternative, with a dialogue between global and local approaches. Drawing on scholars ...

Going beyond Parochialism and Fragmentation in the Study of International Relations

Going beyond Parochialism and Fragmentation in the Study of International Relations

1st Edition

Edited By Yong-Soo Eun
February 21, 2020

International Relations (IR), as a discipline, is a western dominated enterprise. This has led to calls to broaden the scope and vision of the discipline by embracing a wider range of histories, experiences, and theoretical perspectives – particularly those outside the Anglo-American core of the ...

Ontological Security and Status-Seeking Thailand’s Proactive Behaviours during the Second World War

Ontological Security and Status-Seeking: Thailand’s Proactive Behaviours during the Second World War

1st Edition

By Peera Charoenvattananukul
January 14, 2020

How and why was it possible for a small state such as Thailand to challenge great powers France and Japan during the Second World War? Putting ontological security theory into dialogue with status seeking approaches, Charoenvattananukul uses a case study of Thailand in the early 1940s to ...

Critical International Relations Theories in East Asia Relationality, Subjectivity, and Pragmatism

Critical International Relations Theories in East Asia: Relationality, Subjectivity, and Pragmatism

1st Edition

Edited By Kosuke Shimizu
February 05, 2019

What do we study when we study International Relations (IR)? This book interrogates the meanings of the established ontology and subjectivity embedded in the discourse of "Western" and "non-Western" IR. We are predisposed to see a nation-state as a unified entity, everlasting and moving towards a ...

Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century New Theories, New Cases

Rethinking Middle Powers in the Asian Century: New Theories, New Cases

1st Edition

Edited By Tanguy Struye de Swielande, Dorothée Vandamme, David Walton, Thomas Wilkins
September 17, 2018

The term "middle power" is conceptually fragile. Some scholars have even argued for abandoning it. This book argues that the concept needs to be analysed more profoundly and that new analytical tools need to be developed to better understand the phenomenon. The traditional approach, based on ...

International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand Theory and Sub-fields

International Relations as a Discipline in Thailand: Theory and Sub-fields

1st Edition

Edited By Chanintira na Thalang, Soravis Jayanama, Jittipat Poonkham
July 19, 2018

There has long been considerable debate about the nature of non-Western IR theory. Most attempts to understand such a phenomenon begin by taking a top-down approach on a country by country basis. Instead, this book takes a bottom-up approach, involving specialists from a range of Thai universities,...

What Is at Stake in Building “Non-Western” International Relations Theory?

What Is at Stake in Building “Non-Western” International Relations Theory?

1st Edition

By Yong-Soo Eun
January 18, 2018

International Relations (IR) as a discipline is often deemed to be “too Western” centric. It has been argued that much of mainstream IR theory is “simply an abstraction of Western history.” In this respect, many IR scholars have called for “broadening” the theoretical horizon of IR while ...

Contested Ideas of Regionalism in Asia

Contested Ideas of Regionalism in Asia

1st Edition

By Baogang He
October 14, 2016

Deepening regionalism in Asia demands new leadership. Strong elites who are committed to a supranational identity are a minimum requirement of successful regionalism. Regional leaders are increasingly seen as a new set of leaders in Europe. Currently, Asian regional leaders largely come from the ...

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