Tom Long's new article, "Domestic contestation and presidential prerogative in Colombian foreign policy,” has just been published by the Bulletin of Latin American Research. The article is co-authored with Sebastian Bitar and Gabriel Jiménez Peña. The article pushes back against the dominant presidentialist focus in the study of Colombian foreign policy. Drawing on insights from recent foreign policy analysis literature and evidence from several cases (Plan Colombia, US military bases, free trade talks with China, and ICJ arbitration of a maritime border with Nicaragua), this article challenges commonplace presidentialist assumptions. A novel model of ‘contested presidentialism’ better captures how Colombian domestic actors mobilise to raise political costs to block or modify presidential preferences. Research for the piece started during Tom's British Council Researcher Links visit to Colombia and then was advanced during Sebastian's time at Warwick as an IAS Visiting Fellow. During the latter visit, an earlier version of the paper was presented at PAIS.
Dr Trevor McCrisken has been featured on a number of media outlets this week, discussing US President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom.
Dr McCrisken first discussed President Trump's arrival into the country on BBC Breakfast:
Trevor then spoke about what the visit will entail and what it means for the two countries:
Dr McCrisken has also featured on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio (19 minutes in) and LBC.
PAIS member Nicola Pratt has recently published new research examining state violence in Egypt after the Arab Spring in the form of an article, co-authored with Dina Rezk, University of Reading, entitled 'Securitizing the Muslim Brotherhood, State Violence and Authoritarianism in Egypt after the Arab Spring'. The article appears in the journal Security Dialogue.
A blog summarising the article can be read here: https://blogs.prio.org/SecurityDialogue/2019/03/securitizing-the-muslim-brotherhood-legitimizing-state-violence-and-renewing-authoritarianism-in-post-arab-spring-egypt/
Stuart Elden’s book Shakespearean Territories was published in late 2018 by University of Chicago Press. The book uses readings of a number of Shakespeare’s plays to explore different aspects of territory.
Shakespeare’s plays explore many territorial themes: from the division of the kingdom in King Lear, to the relations among Denmark, Norway, and Poland in Hamlet, to questions of disputed land and the politics of banishment in Richard II. Shakespeare dramatized a world of technological advances in measuring, navigation, cartography, and surveying, and his plays open up important ways of thinking about strategy, economy, the law, and colonialism, providing critical insight into a significant juncture in history.
The book explores how Shakespeare can be read as developing a nuanced understanding of the complicated concept and practice of territory and, more broadly, the political-geographical relations between people, power, and place.
More details about the book can be found at the publisher website: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo28246205.html
Dr. Charlotte Heath-Kelly has received the 2019 ISA Conference Post-PhD Paper Award for her paper 'Survivor Trees and memorial groves: Vegetal commemoration of victims of terrorism in Europe and the United States,' it was selected by judges from the Theory Section of the International Studies Association after many rounds of review and discussion.
The paper explores how trees are increasingly used in commemoration of terrorism victims, and the complications of representing human life with vegetal symbols. It is based on Dr Heath-Kelly's ESRC funded research of terrorism memorialisation and can be read here.
For more information on the award, please see: https://www.isanet.org/Programs/Awards/THEORY-Conference-Post-PhD-Paper-Award.