Beyond Liberal Order: States, Societies and Markets in the Global Indian Ocean

Of all the macro-regions of the earth, the Indian Ocean World contains the greatest range of cultures and religions, of ecological systems and commercial networks; almost 3 billion humans live along its shores. Studying the Indian Ocean World sheds light on international order in the 21st century and the way local and regional actors, forces and institutions interact with global determinants. Liberal democracy, deregulated markets and the Pax Americana are being confronted by increasingly explicit alternatives. American dominance is challenged by jihadist caliphates, by China’s deployment of geo-commercial power through the Belt and Road initiative and by the revisionist Islamic Republic of Iran. Domestically, most Indian Ocean World societies are not converging on a liberal-democratic horizon either. The central question therefore is: can liberal order be adapted to accommodate the rise of the Global Indian Ocean?

Remapping IR is an occasional series of talks on alternative perspectives to power, states, and the international system. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Government and the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown, the goal of this series is to showcase the diversity of cutting-edge approaches that exist to understand global politics. 

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Mortara Building
3600 N St., N.W., Washington


Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Mortara Center for International Studies



Harry Verhoeven (GU Qatar)

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