The Global North/South Inequalities in the IR Discipline: Some Reflections and Insights

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Öztiğ L. I.

ALTERNATIVES, vol.0, no.0, pp.1-5, 2022 (SSCI)

  • Publication Type: Article / Editorial Material
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 0
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/03043754221095304
  • Journal Name: ALTERNATIVES
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-5
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Global South scholars have a lot to offer to the IR discipline in terms of new ways of producing knowledge. However, there is a huge difference between the Global North and the Global South in terms of knowledge production in the discipline. The US and Western Europe take the lead in IR research. There is also a vast inequality within the Global South. Some Global South regions are more integrated with the global IR community and more visible in IR journals, while other regions are almost invisible. This commentary provides a glimpse into the dynamics of knowledge production and discusses the ways in which the Global South could be more integrated to the global IR community.