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 Arzu Kibris has recently been elected as the Executive Director of the Network of European Peace Scientists.
The Network of European Peace Scientists is a network of scholars committed to the advancement of Peace Research in Europe. In line with Peace Science tradition, the NEPS welcomes scholars from an interdisciplinary community from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, regional science, mathematics, and history.
You can read more about the network at their website: http://www.europeanpeacescientists.org/index.html
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 Moves up in Complete University Guide League Table
We are really pleased that the PAIS Department moved up in the latest Complete University Guide league table from 6th place to 5th place. You can find out more details here.
This is alongside our No 1 position in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide league table. Thank you to all students and staff for your continued contribution to our success.
Both these league tables reflect a number of criteria including student satisfaction (NSS), research quality, and graduate prospects (employability).
SU Representation Awards
Congratulations to Ben Hayday (final year PAIS) for winning Outstanding Course Rep of the Year in the SU Representation Awards. Congratulations, also, to Constance Bobotsi (final year PAIS) for being shortlisted in the category of SSLC Chair of the Year.
A big thank you, more generally, for all our amazing SSLCs and course reps for all the great work they do in representing students.
Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence
We are delighted that Sam Cooke (Teaching Fellow in PAIS) has been shortlisted for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE), and Sarah Mainwaring (Associate Tutor in PAIS) has been shortlisted for the Warwick Awards for Postgraduate Students who Teach (WATEPGR).
Congratulations to Sam and Sarah. You can find more details on the shortlist here.
We are also really pleased that a number of PAIS staff have been nominated for the University Awards 2019. Thank you to all students and staff who nominated PAIS staff for any of these awards. You can find more details on the nominations here.
PAIS's Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Matthias (Matt) Kranke is co-organising (with John A. Berten, BIGSSS, University of Bremen) a workshop at this year's European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) in Kraków, 26–29 June.
The workshop is entitled "Anticipatory Global Governance: International Organisations and Political Futures". It focuses on various anticipatory practices used by international organisations (IOs) to deal with the uncertainty that surrounds any future and to create knowledge about potential futures. Submissions to the workshop cover, among other IOs, the European Central Bank (ECB), International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank Group.
More information on the workshop can be found here: https://eisa-net.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EWIS2019-WS-N.pdf.