Nov 29 2016

2015-16 MSc Dissertation Prizewinners announced

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The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the MSc dissertation prizewinners for the 2015-16 session: Continue reading

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Oct 27 2016

Find Policy: Quick Access to Research from Leading Think Tanks set up by IRD alumn

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Think tanks offer a valuable addition to academic research. Between the day-to-day commentary of journalism and the year-on-year of academic publication, think tanks provide topical in-depth analysis on essential policy issues. Across the US and Europe, there are easily 50 or more top institutions that provide great analysis, by recognized scholars. In Latin America, Africa and Asia, too, local think tanks have much to contribute.

But how to access their work? Going from website to website? Subscribing to feeds or newsletters? Plunging into the vastness of a general Google search? Opening up a dozen tabs? Continue reading

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Sep 20 2016

Remittances and Walls by Covadonga Meseguer

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In one of the many boutades that candidate Donald Trump has provided us with during his campaign, he proposed to force Mexico to pay $5–$10bn for the construction of the border wall as a condition for the flow of remittances (the money that emigrants send back to their families) to continue. Not only is the proposal ridiculous (remittances, being private earnings, are not a particularly easy flow of money to intercept) but it would also be unwise for multiple reasons.

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Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Elisabetta Brighi, Lecturer, PhD 2005

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Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster (permanent post)

Thesis Title: Foreign Policy and the International/Domestic Nexus: The Case of Italy (2005)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

Dr. Brighi’s current research interests lie at the intersection of International Security and International Political Theory. She has published, most recently, the co-edited volume The Sacred and the Political (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). She has also written extensively on Italian foreign policy, including the monograph Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: The Case of Italy (Routledge, 2013).

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Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Reuben Yik-Pern Wong, Professor, PhD 2003

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Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, NUS Political Science Dept
Director of Studies, College of Alice & Peter Tan

Thesis Title: Europeanization and French policy in East Asia, 1988-2002 (2003)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

Reuben Wong is Director of Studies at the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair (European Integration & Foreign Policy) and is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A former diplomat, he was First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Paris (1995 -1998).

Returning to academia, he earned an M.Phil in European Politics at Oxford, and a PhD in International Relations at the LSE. Reuben’s publications have focused on EU and French foreign policy. They include The Europeanization of French Foreign Policy: France and the EU in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), National and European Foreign Policies​ (co-edited with Christopher Hill, Routledge, 2011), and journal articles in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Politique Européenne, Asia Europe Journal, the Journal of Contemporary China Studies, and EU External Affairs Review. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the LSE, the Stimson Center (Washington, DC), and the East Asian Institute (Singapore).

His current research interests include the EU’s relations with ASEAN and China, ASEAN regionalism, and the politics of disability rights. A Fulbright scholar (2009), he serves on the Council of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the EU Centre Singapore, and is Senior Research Affiliate in the EU-China programme of the College of Europe in Bruges. He speaks French, Chinese and some Spanish.  He consults and does media interviews on EU foreign policy, international relations, and Singapore politics. He raises four children to help arrest Singapore’s declining total fertility rate.

http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/polwongr/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/reuben-wong-0b737b/ms

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Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Chad Peterson, Policy Planning, PhD 2007

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Chad Peterson

Member, Policy Planning Staff, Office of the U.S. Secretary of State (2016-2018)

Thesis Title: German diplomacy in east central Europe: Foreign relations with the Czech Republic and Poland 1990-1998 (2007)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“Chad Peterson’s research compared and contrasted German foreign policy towards Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) and Poland between 1990 and 1998 and argued that Germany’s foreign policy towards both states was guided by three crucial components; political reconciliation, economic, and security interests.”

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Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: José Luis Valdés-Ugalde, Professor, PhD 1999

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José Luis Valdés-Ugalde

Dr. José Luis Valdés-Ugalde

Dr José Luis Valdés-Ugalde

Full time tenured researcher and professor at UNAM (1994 to present)

Thesis Title: Intervining in Revolution. The US exercise of Power in Guatemala 1954 (1999)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“Individually, I have developed among others, the following research project, “From ‘Americanism’ as ideology to smart power as strategy. Globalisation, US decline and recovery: towards a new foreign policy? Regional consequences. A comparative overview.” I have been lecturer/Supervisor/Advisor to undergraduate and post graduate students of International Relations and Political Science at UNAM and other Mexican and international universities. I have been author, coauthor and editor of 11 books; author of thirty chapters in books and author of more than sixty articles in specialized magazines.”

LATEST BOOK: Estados Unidos y los principales actores de la reconfiguración del orden mundial en el siglo XXI

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Sep 14 2016

Janina Dill’s book runner up in prestigious Birks Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship

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Dr Janina Dill

Dr Janina Dill

Congratulations to Dr Janina Dill for winning second prize in the 2016 Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship with her book Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing (Cambridge University Press). The standard of the entries was extremely high and only six books were shortlisted.

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Aug 23 2016

Research Student Destinations: William Vlcek, Lecturer, PhD 2006

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William Vlcek

Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews (Sept 2009 to present)

Thesis Title: Small States and the Challenge of Sovereignty: Commonwealth Caribbean Offshore Financial Centers and Tax Competition (2006)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“My research investigates global financial governance involving the offshore dimension with my revised PhD thesis published as Offshore Finance and Small States: Sovereignty, Size and Money (Palgrave, 2008).  Offshore finance has been a central factor in more than a dozen publications, most recently Offshore Finance and Global Governance: Disciplining the Tax Nomad (Palgrave 2017), with further publications interrogating global initiatives to counter the financing of terrorism.”

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Aug 23 2016

Research Student Destinations: Donatella M. Viola, Assistant Professor, PhD 1999

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Donatella M. Viola

Donatella M Viola

Dr Donatella M Viola

Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, University of Calabria, Italy 

Thesis Title: European Foreign Policy and the European Parliament in the 1990s: An Investigation into the Role and Voting Behaviour of the European Parliament’s Political Groups (1999)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“The Routledge Handbook of European Elections, forwarded by J.H.H. Weiler, explores the multifaceted dimension of the European Parliament’s (EP) electoral contests across the European Union since 1979. The volume aims to enhance readers’ understanding of the European Parliament and revive their interest in the European integration process. By providing a wide range of national and European facts and figures, this investigation represents a comprehensive reference guide to scholars, practitioners, and students of the European Parliament, European elections, political parties, European Union and comparative politics.  Should you be interested, you may find further information here.”

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