World order with Ayse Zarakol 

Mark Leonard is joined by Ayse Zarakol, author of the book: “Before the West: The Rise and Fall of Eastern World Order”

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Even if China’s priorities might be different from those of the West, it embraces many of the ontological assumptions of the current world order. In her recent book “Before the West: The Rise and Fall of Eastern World Order”, Ayse Zarakol conceptualises world order as a non-Western concept and puts forward an alternative model of sovereignty.  

In this week’s episode of the World in 30 Minutes, Mark Leonard is joined by Ayse Zarakol, author and professor of international relations at the University of Cambridge. They talk about how to define world order, what sort of order we are in today, and what factors eventually cause orders to decline. What could be done to strengthen our current world order? And can we even imagine what would replace it? 

This podcast was recorded on 16 May 2023.  


Cover image:
General view during an economic and financial dialogue between the EU, the Western Balkans and Turkey ahead of the European finance ministers council in Brussels,
Image by picture alliance / EPA | OLIVIER HOSLET

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