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

  • Structural violence and the paradox of humanitarian intervention 

    Papamichail, Andreas (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-26) - Thesis
    Humanitarian interventions tend to be justified by claims to the existence of an obligation upon ‘us’ (the benevolent saviours) to intervene militarily when a state is responsible for large-scale atrocity crimes against ...
  • Bandwagon for profit : Egyptian foreign policy toward Iran 

    Morsy, Ahmed (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-20) - Thesis
    What explains the lack of normalized relations between Egypt and Iran? Despite mutual potential benefits Egypt and Iran could have gained from normalized bilateral relations over the past several decades, a range of ...
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    Kirkland, Kristen (University of St Andrews, 2016-06-21) - Thesis
  • Winning a race with no finish line : assessing the strategy of interstate competition 

    Skold, Martin (University of St Andrews, 2018-06-26) - Thesis
    This dissertation offers a framework for understanding the strategies of states engaged in competition for regional hegemony. Although international relations literature refers extensively to such competition and obliquely ...
  • The definitional dilemma of terrorism : seeking clarity in light of terrorism scholarship 

    Gillani, Dayyab (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-20) - Thesis
    The understanding of terrorism has thus far been determined not by some independent line of inquiry but instead by a strong interplay between conflicting moral positions. Treated sometimes as a method or tactic and at other ...

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