Ayse Zarakol is a distinguished academic and Professor at the University of Cambridge, renowned for her expertise in International Relations. As a prolific author, she has significantly contributed to the field with works such as "After Defeat: How the East Learned to Live with the West" and "Before the West: The Rise and Fall of Eastern World Orders." Professor Zarakol's research delves into the intersection of historical sociology and International Relations, with a keen focus on East-West relations in the international system. Her scholarship also encompasses the history and future of world orders, conceptualizations of modernity and sovereignty, rising and declining powers, and Turkish politics in a comparative perspective. With a wealth of knowledge and a diverse range of research interests, Professor Ayse Zarakol continues to shape the discourse on international affairs and historical sociology.
In her nuanced exploration, Professor Ayse Zarakol delves into the intricacies of Orientalism and the persistent sense of inferiority in East-West interactions. Focusing on the role of elites in nation-building, her analysis extends to post-independence India, unraveling how its elites have forged unique paths. Zarakol scrutinizes the complex interplay between indigenous identities and the post-independence quest for homogeneity, providing a compelling narrative on the evolution of national identity. The confluence of nation-building with historical teachings, global orientation, and educational frameworks emerges as a central theme, offering a rich and thought-provoking perspective on the shaping of contemporary societies.