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York University
Political Science
POLS 4200
Susan Henders

Dealing With Difference: Problems and Possibilities for Dialogue in International Relations - Ann Tickner. March 22, 2011. Online - Religious Scholar Abraham Heschel sought inter-faith dialogue to promote and develop respect for all religious traditions and to manifest a greater appreciation of religious traditions that would generate discussion or dialogue. 2 - “true dialogue can only begin when there is more than one voice and, I would add, when there is mutual respect across geographical and methodological boundaries when communication is among equal conversational partners” - author wants to challenge the predominance of US centrality in IR by drawing upon postcolonial and feminist literature, and offering suggestions as to how IR can be built on a more global foundation. Draws upon the teachings of Waever in that post colonialism and feminism have been historically significant in forming epistemological perspectives. for example Waever describes IR as a US-dominated social science that rarely considers or engages other views outside the mainstream.  - applying scientific method to resolving IR problems has been very narrow and limited, and thus, has created more problems by creating barriers to productive dialogue. 4 - Steve Smith on the events of 9/11 and US IR: “…runs the risk of failing to understand other cultures and identities and thereby becoming more and more a US discipline far removed from the agendas and concerns of other parts of the world” - US Postgraduate education lacks critical theory and interpretive understanding  leads to a cycle of ignorance which reciprocates back into the formation of the policies itself 5 - IR dates the beginning of modern global politics to the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 = very Eurocentric account that values of democracy, development were spread throughout the world through the knowledge and organization of European states. 6 - Ironically so, much of the history of the European’s brutal colonization and imperialism has been unaccounted for or missing from the Eurocentric IR narratives. - Ideas about race, culture and national were used as instruments that the West used to divide and educate the world (education to certain people, while denying it to oth
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