This exciting new textbook challenges the implicit notions inherent in most existing International Relations (IR) scholarship and instead presents the subject as seen from different vantage points in the global South.

Divided into four sections, (1) the IR discipline, (2) key concepts and categories, (3) global issues and (4) IR futures, it examines the ways in which world politics have been addressed by traditional core approaches and explores the limitations of these treatments for understanding both Southern and Northern experiences of the "international." The book encourages readers to consider how key ideas have been developed in the discipline, and through systematic interventions by contributors from around the globe, aims at both transforming and enriching the dominant terms of scholarly debate.

This empowering, critical and reflexive tool for thinking about the diversity of experiences of international relations and for placing them front and center in the classroom will help professors and students in both the global North and the global South envision the world differently. In addition to general, introductory IR courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels it will appeal to courses on sociology and historiography of knowledge, globalization, neoliberalism, security, the state, imperialism and international political economy.

chapter 1|14 pages


International Relations from the global South
ByKaren Smith, Arlene B. Tickner

part 1|59 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

The global IR debate in the classroom

ByWiebke Wemheuer-Vogelaar, Ingo Peters, Laura Kemmer, Alina Kleinn, Luisa Linke-Behrens, Sabine Mokry

chapter 3|18 pages

Where, when and what is IR? 1

ByDavid L. Blaney

chapter 4|18 pages

IR and the making of the white man’s world

ByPeter Vale, Vineet Thakur

part 2|144 pages


chapter 5|20 pages

Order, ordering and disorder

ByKaren Smith

chapter 6|18 pages

The international

ByAmy Niang

chapter 7|24 pages

War and conflict

ByArlene B. Tickner

chapter 8|22 pages

State and sovereignty

ByNavnita Chadha Behera

chapter 9|20 pages

Religion, secularism and nationalism

ByAparna Devare

chapter 10|16 pages


ByPinar Bilgin

chapter 11|22 pages

Foreign policy

ByAsli Calkivik

part 3|96 pages


chapter 12|19 pages


ByJohn M. Hobson

chapter 13|19 pages


ByJoao Pontes Nogueira

chapter 14|16 pages


ByNizar Messari

chapter 15|21 pages


ByCarolina Cepeda-Másmela

chapter 16|19 pages


ByCristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Matías Franchini

part 4|26 pages


chapter 17|24 pages

South–South talk

ByL.H.M. Ling, Carolina M. Pinheiro