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Asia’s Return to Preeminence

Book review: ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age. By Andre Gunder Frank. University of California Press, 1998. 450 pages. R$ 54.39 (www.amazon.com.br)

Why do we call the European peninsula a “continent”, while the much more numerous Indians have but a “subcontinent”, and the Chinese at best a “country”? It is these somewhat unusual — some would say quirky — questions that mark ReOrient, one of Andre Gunder Frank’s most important contributions to the discussion about the reemergence of Asia.

Rejecting mainstream history as overly eurocentric, Frank insists that we must take a broader view and recognize that the rise of the West is but a short chapter of a far more diverse and complex history that dates …


How the East Learned to Live with the West

Book review: After Defeat. How the East Learned to Live with the West. By Ayse Zarakol. Cambridge University Press, 2011. 312 pages. R$ 49,75 (www.amazon.com.br)

What do Turkey, Japan and Russia have in common? In her fascinating book After Defeat, Ayse Zarakol points to three similarities. First, they were not part of the original Westphalian system, despite having existed prior to the seventeenth century. Second, some time after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, rulers of Turkey, Japan, and Russia all made a deliberate decision to join the state system emerging from Europe, by accepting its international standards and borrowing a number of the domestic institutions of its major players (symbolized by reformers such as Peter The …


A Contest for Supremacy in Asia?

Book review: A Contest for Supremacy. China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia. By Aaron L. Friedberg. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. 385 pages. R$ 32,46 (www.amazon.com.br, kindle)

Britain launched the Industrial Revolution and built a global empire with a comparatively small population, and the United States created the myth of the sole superpower with a population on the order of 100 million people (a century ago). What will the industrialization of China, with its 1.3 billion people, mean for the world?
Prof. Jin Canrong, China’s People’s University

How can we explain the United States’ diplomatic disaster in the context of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)? How could policy makers in Washington …


China and the Rise of Competing Modernities

Book review: When China Rules the World. The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World. by Martin Jacques. Penguin, 2012, 848 pages (U$ 15.14, paperback, www.amazon.com)

Five years ago, Martin Jacques published When China Rules the World, followed by an extended paperback version in 2012. Perhaps only second to Fareed Zakaria’s The Post-American World, published a year earlier, Jacques’ book became a symbol of the global hype around the decline of the West and the “rise of the rest”, which was fuelled by the financial crisis in the United States. China, as a ‘civilization-state’, Jacques repeated in interviews across the world, would rise on its own terms. Its impact would be not only economic …


MBA em Relações Internacionais em São Paulo / Ex-alunos

Ex-alunos do MBA em Relações Internacionais em São Paulo comentaram sobre a experiência de participação no curso. A próxima turma será lançada no dia 25 de abril. Veja mais informações em http://ri.fgv.br/ensino/mba/sao-paulo

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Book review: “International Relations and Non-Western Thought” by Robbie Shilliam (ed.)

Book review: “International Relations and Non-Western Thought. Imperialism, colonialism and investigations of global modernity.” By Robbie Shilliam (ed.), Routledge, 2011, 272 pages, U$ 54,95 (amazon.com)

“Non-Western” thought has been, for several decades, an object of study of scholars working within critical post-structural and post-colonial traditions, yet the ongoing process of multipolarization — symbolized best by the rise of China — has led a growing number of contemporary mainstream scholars to engage in this particular discussion as well, even though adopting a far more policy-focused perspective. The question “What does China want?”, asked constantly during policy discussions in US think tanks, seems to have little in common with post-structural debates, but both approaches share, albeit in different ways, a …


CICA: Another step towards a Post-American security architecture in Asia?

In the wake of unprecedented Chinese institutional entrepreneurship, several analysts (myself included)have pointed to the creation of a potential Chinese-led “parallel order“, which would, while not confrontational, greatly enhance Chinese autonomy and create, for the first time, a credible pole of power outside the United States’ orbit. In this context, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) is often cited.

However, what is often forgotten is that CICA is not a new institution, and neither has it been invented by China. The idea was launched by Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev during the 1992 UN General Assembly, yet it would take almost a decade and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, for CICA to …


Book launch: “The BRICS and the Future of Global Order”

The BRICS and the Future of Global Order. By Oliver Stuenkel. Lexington Press, 268 pages.
ISBN-13: 978-0739193211 ISBN-10: 073919321X

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“The role and importance of the so-called BRICS has been hotly debated for a decade, but it has not been studied in a systematic way until now. Oliver Stuenkel’s balanced and richly detailed work demonstrates that the BRICS are neither a coherent coalition seeking to overturn the global balance of power nor a passing fad of little importance. Instead, his analysis shows that cooperation among the BRICS seeks to foster the gradual emergence of a legitimate and rule-based multipolar order, and to press the United States and its allies to follow existing global …