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Africa and the Theoretical Peace in IR

International Political Sociology

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This article responds to the debate on “The End of IR Theory?” that appeared in a recent volume of the European Journal of International Relations. It argues that the pronouncements about “theoretical peace” carry the subtext of “epistemic violence,” foreclosing the debate and the possibility of theoretic interventions emerging from the non‐West—in this case, Africa. Elucidating how IR theory (IRT) has remained a parochial enterprise by the deliberate silencing of Africa, the article then finds pathways by which Africa can contribute to IRT. Using the metaphor of storytelling, it lists eight different ways in which Africa can tell new stories in IR.