Buddhism and the Question of Relationality in International Relations - Kosuke SHIMIZU

16/06/2021
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, ADVANCED ONLINE PUBLICATION, 2021

Kosuke SHIMIZU*

ABSTRACT
Relationality seems to have attracted a broader audience in international relations (IR) in the last decade. Unlike other approaches of the relational turn that concentrate more on analyzing or stabilizing the international order, the Buddhist theory of IR is mainly concerned with the political practice of the liberation and healing of people. In this article, I will illustrate how Mahāyāna Buddhist teachings can contribute to IR by using case studies. The cases to investigate include the Okinawa base issue, Denmark’s ‘light in the darkness’, and South Korea-Japan diplomatic relations.

Keywords: Buddhism, IR Theory, Relationality, Subjectivity, Ethics

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* Prof. Dr., Ryukoku University, Department of Global Studies