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Comprising 60.3 percent of the world's 7.2 billion population, Asia is an enigma to many in the West. Hugely dynamic in its demographic, economic, technological and financial development, its changes are as rapid as they are diverse. The SAGE Handbook of Asian Foreign Policy provides the reader with a clear, balanced and comprehensive overview on Asia's foreign policy and accompanying theoretical trends. Placing the diverse and dynamic substance of Asia's international relations first, and bringing together an authoritative assembly of contributors from across the world, this is a reliable introduction to non-Western intellectual traditions in Asia. VOLUME 1: PART 1: Theories; PART 2: Themes; PART 3: Transnational Politics; PART 4: Domestic Politics; PART 5; Transnational Economics. VOLUME 2: PART 6: Foreign Policies of Asian States; Part 6a: East Asia; Part 6b: Southeast Asia; Part 6c: South & Central Asia; Part 7: Offshore Actors; Part 8: Bilateral Issues; Part 9: Comparison of Asian Sub-Regions.

Asia's Contribution to IRT
Asia's contribution to IRT
Takeshi Uemura

The assumption of exploring Asia's contribution to IRT (International Relations Theory) is that the discipline should not be a predominantly Western enterprise. As Acharya and Buzan maintain, the underdevelopment of an Asian IRT owes much to ‘a lack of institutional resources, the head-start of Western IRT, and especially the hegemonic standing of Western IRT’.1 Most scholars participating in this discussion seem to agree that IRT is very different from natural sciences. They argue that Asia lacks interest in IRT, because there is a growing ‘dissatisfaction about the lack of fit between Western IRT and local milieu’,2 though there have been some ...

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