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Misjudging the Rise of Asia in the 1970s-2010s: Assessing What International Relations Theory Got Wrong and How Princeton Responded

Apr 12, 2013 · 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. · Wallace Hall, Room 300


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The marriage between international relations (IR) theory and Asian studies is a far-reaching development in social science scholarship since World War II. It has persisted over many decades, arousing wide-ranging theoretical debates and being tested by abrupt changes in Asian countries that were usually not anticipated. This project takes a regionalist perspective rather than the viewpoint of the IR theorists. It follows an evolutionary approach, focusing on one decade after another, showing how the evolving regional context kept challenging existing theories, which, despite adjustments, often were left trailing behind regional events. Showcasing the changes over half a century, we reflect on the long-term union of IR theory and Asian studies. This conference organizes its assessment decade by decade, led by Professor Emeritus Gilbert Rozman, Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Princeton University Department of Sociology, PIIRS, the East Asian Studies Program, and the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program

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