This volume examines conceptualisations of the hugely contested and contestable field of 'global order'. It looks at the way in which the 'orders' that make up 'the global order' are imagined and evaluated, as well as the manner in which this evaluation takes place. Essays in the book scrutinise varying ways of evaluating and assessing the global orders that characterise contemporary international relations, both as it is conventionally understood (and practised) and as it is variously and differently understood or imagined. These studies offer interesting and provocative 'evaluations' that can spark further reflections and articles in the volume range from reflection on particular aspects of the contemporary global order while others imagine a very different world order. All provoke discussion on how we might evaluate global orders and what it is we do when we think of a global order at all, in any context.
Introduction: evaluating global orders Nicholas Rengger; 1. How UN ideas change history Thomas G. Weiss; 2. From experience to thought: a reply to Louise Arbour William Bain; 3. A responsibility to reality: a reply to Louise Arbour Stephanie Carvin; 4. The responsibility to protect - much ado about nothing? Theresa Reinold; 5. Dangerous duties: power, paternalism and the 'responsibility to protect' Philip Cunliffe; 6. Global justice, national responsibility and transnational power David Owen; 7. Non-state authority and global governance Dimitrios Katsikas; 8. The uncritical critique of 'liberal peace' David Chandler; 9. What is a (global) polity? Olaf Corry; 10. Cosmological sources of critical cosmopolitanism Heikki Patomaki; 11. Ancient cynicism: a case for salvage Piers Revell; 12. Journeys beyond the West: world orders and a 7th-century, Buddhist monk Lily Ling.