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Aki Tonami at the ISA Asia-Pacific conference in Hong Kong

This conference, hosted by the Asia-Pacific Region of the International Studies Association, will investigate the ways in which IR (as both practice and theory) is being transformed in the Asia-Pacific.

The rise to political and economic prominence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and India, along with other members of the BRICS, has constituted a powerful challenge to the dominance of Western powers and ideas in world politics. However, both Asian superpowers - like Japan and the East Asian ‘Tiger’ economies before them - have as yet been unable to re-shape International Relations (IR) theory and practice. The rise of Asia more generally has led to a proliferation of national schools of IR (such as the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Indian) which have attempted to challenge the hegemony of Western ideas and theories in the discipline yet have left the traditional ontology of IR intact. The region is also characterised by a complex of people-centred non-traditional insecurities and vulnerabilities including human insecurities, people movements, environmental degradation, the politics of identity and democratisation which together challenge orthodox state and market centric approaches to the study and practice of International Relations.

Aki Tonami will be a chair/presenter at the panel “Asia at the poles”.

Chair Aki Tonami (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen)
Disc. Elizabeth Wishnick (Montclair State University)

  • Asia and the Antarctic Regime Complex, Marcus Haward (University of Tasmania)
  • Japan’s Achilles heel? Japan’s Polar engagement and the role of scientific whaling, Aki Tonami (Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen)
  • The rise of China in the Arctic? Domestic motives, actors and international context, Martin Kossa (City University of Hong Kong)

For more on the conference please click here