Lecture ‘The Post-Western World and the Rise of the Parallel Order’

  • Speaker: Prof. Oliver Stuenkel (Getúlio Vargas Foundation, São Paulo)
  • Date and time: 27 March 2017 @ 11:00-12:30
  • Venue: Room SB11, Pieter de la Courtgebouw (FSW)

In his provocative new book, Oliver Stuenkel argues that our understanding of global order and predictions about its future are limited because we seek to imagine the post-Western world from a parochial Western-centric perspective. Such a view is increasingly inadequate in a world where a billions of people regard Western rule as a temporary aberration, and the rise of Asia as a return to normalcy. In reality, China and other rising powers that elude the simplistic extremes of either confronting or joining existing order are quietly building a ‘parallel order’ which complements today’s international institutions and increases rising powers’ autonomy.

Oliver Della Costa Stuenkel is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in São Paulo, where he coordinates the São Paulo branch of the School of History and Social Science and the executive program in International Relations. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, a member of the Carnegie Rising Democracies Network, and a columnist for EL PAÍS and Americas Quarterly. His research focuses on Brazil’s, India’s and China’s foreign policy and on their impact on global governance. He is the author of IBSA: The rise of the Global South? (Routledge 2014), The BRICS and the Future of Global Order (Lexington, 2015) and Post-Western World: How Emerging Powers Are Remaking Global Order (Polity, 2016).

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