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Veronica Barfucci

PhD Candidate


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Asia Institute


Recipient of the Chancellor's International Scholarship from the Doctoral College of the University of Warwick, I am a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies. I'm supervised by Professor Chris Hughes and Doctor Chris Browning.

I hold a BA with Honours in East Asian Languages, Markets and Cultures from the University of Bologna (2017) and a MA with Honours in International Relations, also from the University of Bologna (2019).

Research interests

My research project looks at the tension between the Japanese conservatives' pursuit of 'normalisation' of security policy and their discursive construction of Japan's remilitarisation as an effort to 'proactively contribute to international peace' and promote 'values-based diplomacy' and a 'rules-based international order'. I look at this through an ontological security perspective, which is informed by literature on status-seeking, nation branding and a Lacanian understanding of fantasy. In general, I'm interested in critical security studies and post-structuralism, particularly in the work of Jacques Derrida.


In 2022/2023, I am Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant for PO131: World Politics

Awards and scholarships
Edited volume

La nuova era di Xi Jinping. Assertività e contraddizioni della politica estera cinese. (Edifir - Edizioni Firenze, 2022). With Lorenza Scaldaferri.

Freelance contribution

Outside academia, I am Chief-Editor of the Asia Pacific Editorial Board of Lo Spiegone an online news outlet dealing with international politics and have contributed to AffarInternazionali, the online news outlet of Istituto Affari Internazionali, a leading Italian think-tank in international politics.

  • Click here to read my contributions to Lo Spiegone (in Italian)
  • Click here to read my contributions to Affari Internazionali (in Italian)
Other activities