Tom Long published a new article in the November issue of International Affairs. His piece, "Latin America and the liberal international order: an agenda for research", explores why the region has played a marginal role in this burgeoning IR debate—and what serious engagement with the region could add to both critical and supportive accounts of liberal international order (LIO). The article argues that, "The LIO has shaped Latin America, and Latin America has shaped the LIO—but not always in the ways supporters or critics might expect."
The article is available here: https://academic.oup.com/ia/article-abstract/94/6/1371/5162441
Earlier this year, The Strategy Bridge asked university and professional military education students to participate in their first annual writing contest by sending in their thoughts on strategy.
Congratulations to Julian D’Souza, an International Security MA student here in PAIS, who finished third in the contest!
You can read Julian's essay, titled "Lost Blue Helmets in Wars Among People: Revitalizing UN Peace Operations for the Context of Modern Warfare" at the following link: https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2018/9/27/lost-blue-helmets-in-wars-among-people-revitalizing-un-peace-operations-for-the-context-of-modern-warfare
An article by Columba Achilleos-Sarll, a PAIS PhD student, has been short-listed for the 2017 Feminist and Women’s Studies Association’s Annual Student Essay Competition.
The article, entitled, 'Reconceptualising Foreign Policy as Gendered, Sexualised and Racialised: Towards a Postcolonial Feminist Foreign Policy (Analysis)', can be downloaded for free here: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol19/iss1/4/
Keith Hyams has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Project grant for his project ‘Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance’. The project looks at long term threats to humanity arising from advances in emerging technology, aiming to identify the political obstacles that stand in the way of progress on governing these risks, and ethical guidelines within which new governance solutions for specific risks will be advanced. The project focusses on three case studies, in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence, and will be undertaken in collaboration with Co-Investigators in the departments of biology, chemistry and computer science.
The new book, titled American Grand Strategy under Obama: Competing Discourses (EUP, 2017) examines the breakdown of the elite consensus on America's role in the world. The book explores competing discourses of national security and foreign policy under the Obama presidency, and how the Obama Doctrine posed a practical challenge to the established elite consensus on American exceptionalism and liberal hegemony by emphasising military restraint and 'leading from behind. It argues that under Obama, American grand strategy no longer represented a coherent and consistent equation of material resources and political ends, but a contested discursive space, where identity and policy no longer matched up.