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

  • 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 ...
  • Transnational constellations of the past 

    Galai, Yoav (University of St Andrews, 2017-11-07) - Thesis
    This dissertation interrogates the political use of the past in global politics, with a focus on Israel/Palestine. Collective memory is mostly theorised in IR as determinant of national identities. Similarly, in the field ...
  • Playing the villain : understanding the punishment and portrayal of terrorists 

    Spens, Christiana (University of St Andrews, 2017-07-17) - Thesis
    Playing the Villain argues that the portrayal and punishment of terrorists in the Western media perpetuates colonialist attitudes, due to the visual connections between these modern images and past or fictional representations ...
  • Chechen demographic growth and resistance : reactions to the existential threat from Russia 

    Iliyasov, Marat (University of St Andrews, 2017-12-08) - Thesis
    This thesis examines the phenomenon of Chechen population growth in the context of the protracted Russo-Chechen conflict. It argues that the conflict was the main causative reason for the growth of the Chechen population. This ...
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    Stathopoulos, Athanasios (University of St Andrews, 2017) - Thesis

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