International Relations in a post-hegemonic age



    1. Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for International Relations.
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      This article is an edited version of the author's valedictory lecture as Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, given at LSE on 30 January 2008, chaired by Professor Michael Cox.


In his valedictory lecture, concluding twenty-five years teaching at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Fred Halliday examines three aspects of the changing reality and intellectual context of International Relations. Placing a broad interpretation on the concept of the ‘post-hegemonic’ he looks at the changing nature of American power, the growing diversity of, and challenges to, the discipline of International Relations, and the mixed record of different conceptions of internationalism. This lecture is a reassertion of the necessity and vitality of academic reflection on International Relations, a challenge to much conventional thinking on issues of globalization, and a reassertion of the need for, and complexity of, a commitment to global values.