Past event

Martin Wight Memorial Lecture

Members

Culture and International Society

Chatham House, London

Participants

Barry Buzan, Professor, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics; Fellow, British Academy
Chair: Professor Tim Dunne, Professor of International Relations and Head of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Exeter

Overview

The speaker will discuss a hypothesis drawn from Martin Wight: that a society of states lacking a shared culture, because it has expanded beyond its original base, will be unstable. By re-examining how international society formed, and why some its institutions are widely accepted and some hotly contested, the speaker argues that cultural difference is less of a problem for international society than Wight and many others suppose. The key question is not culture, but socio-political structure. The main scenarios for international society are all likely to be stable.

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