Magazine article New Internationalist

The End of Certainty towards a New Internationalism

Magazine article New Internationalist

The End of Certainty towards a New Internationalism

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The End of Certainty Towards a New Internationalism by Stephen Chan (Zed Books ISBN 9781848134027)

This book should have chimed loudly with the world view ofthe New Internationalist and its readership. The author, the son of Chinese refugees, has built a glittering career in international relations and academia. His book is a re-examination of world politics which explicitly rejects a Western-centric mindset and sets out to rebut reactionary thinkers such as Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington. Chan's central premise is that traditional philosophical thinking on world events and trends is an inadequate tool when it comes to understanding an increasingly complex and fractured planet.

In what is described as 'a magical realist book on world politics' the author pulls in strands of Western and Eastern philosophical and religious thinking in an attempt to synthesize a unified theory to comprehend the diversity of human cultural and social development. …

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