In today’s episode, I’m talking with Ayşe Zarakol from Cambridge University about the crisis of the Liberal International Order (LIO). Ayşe's work explores the contradictions of the LIO as a hierarchical order premised on the notions of freedom, rationality and equal participation: she examines how anti-liberal discontents in the western Core blame it for undermining their status in the global World System, while conversely critics on the Semi-Periphery see it as reproducing power asymmetries benefiting the Core. Ayşe examines the surprising connections and hyridization of these seemingly antithetical discourses, while her recent work compares the rise and fall of Eastern World Orders in the early modern period with the current crises of the LIO.
You can follow Ayşe on Twitter @AyseZarakol
Ayşe's Academia webpage: https://cambridge.academia.edu/AyseZarakol
The link to the article we discuss in the episode:
The link to Ayşe's upcoming book on Eastern World Orders: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/before-the-west/78E4B5CE511AA928B2C650AF1CDFE3CA