Our research is focused around three broad themes: conflict, peace and security; the evolving character of global and supra-national institutions; and the interpenetration of civil societies and international relations. In addition we have major strengths in area studies which help to ground our research into these broad thematic areas. Some of this activity is carried out under the umbrella of our various research centres, some within other collaborative contexts both within and outside the university, and some by individual researchers.

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Recent Submissions

  • Regime survival, societal resilience, and change in North Korea 

    Fumagalli, Matteo (2014) - Journal item
    The rapid ascent to power of Kim Jong-un, accelerated by Kim Jong-il’s death in December 2011, confirmed hereditary succession as the modal form of political succession in North Korea. ‘Do not hope for any change in us,’ ...
  • Syria's reconciliation agreements 

    Hinnebusch, Raymond; Imady, Omar (Unknown Publisher, 2017-07-30) - Report
    Examines the reconciliation agreements betaen the Syrian government and opposition, observing the context which determines their pace and character (balance of power), the discourse of regime and opposition and variations ...
  • The Making of a Global Economic Player? An Appraisal of South Korea's Role in Myanmar 

    Fumagalli, Matteo (Korea Economic Institute of America, 2017-02-16) - Working or discussion paper
    Suddenly and unexpectedly, a er several decades as Asia’s backwater and basket case of interna onal development, Myanmar was thrust to the center stage of international attention in 2011. The country’s political opening ...
  • Myanmar 2016 : from enthusiasm to disillusionment 

    Fumagalli, Matteo (2017-07) - Journal article
    2016 was the year when political change finally came to Myanmar. After a five-year transition from military rule to a (semi-)civilian government, the two electoral rounds of November 2015 (parliamentary) and March 2016 ...
  • First image revisited: human nature, original sin and international relations 

    Paipais, Vassilios (2016-09-20) - Journal article
    In Waltz’s famous classification, human nature’s propensity to evil is catalogued as a first-image causal explanation of war. Ever since, human nature explanations of conflict have been attacked for resting on metaphysical ...

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