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Cristóbal Bywaters C.

Profile

I am a third-year PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies with an MSc in International Relations (Research) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Alberto Hurtado University, Chile.

I have research and teaching experience at Alberto Hurtado University and as a research assistant at the University of Santiago’s Institute of Advanced Studies (IDEA-USACH). I also worked as a policy planning analyst at Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

I am also the Executive Director of Nueva Política ExteriorLink opens in a new window--a progressive and non-partisan network oriented to generating knowledge, promoting political dialogue, and contributing to Chilean foreign policy and international relations.


Thesis

My doctoral research looks at the domestic politics of small state status seeking, taking contemporary Chile as a case study. It is sponsored by the country’s National Research and Development Agency (ANID).

My supervisors are Tom LongLink opens in a new window and Christopher BrowningLink opens in a new window.


Research interests
  • IR theory (constructivism)
  • Status in world politics
  • Domestic politics of foreign policy
  • Small states
  • Latin American foreign policies
  • Latin America - United States relations

New book

Book cover photoNuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensual [New foreign policy voices: Chile and the world in a post-consensus era] is a volume edited by Cristóbal Bywaters (PAIS Warwick PGR), Daniela SepúlvedaLink opens in a new window (PolISciUMN) and Andrés Villar (PhD, POLIS Cambridge). 25 young IR scholars and practitioners reflect on the present and future of Chile’s foreign relations and propose a new progressive foreign policy agenda for the South American country. The 384-page book was published by the prestigious Latin American publisher Fondo de Cultura Económica and was sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Chile and the University of Chile’s Institute of International Studies.

The book was launched Tuesday 20 April 2021. Commentators were the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile, Mrs. Michelle Bachelet; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdés; and public intellectual and LSE doctoral researcher, Mr. Noam Titelman.

Other Warwick community members who contributed to the book are Tom Long (PAIS), Federico Merke (PAIS alumnus), and María del Carmen Domínguez (School of Law alumnus).

The book is available in paperbackLink opens in a new window, Amazon KindleLink opens in a new window and EPUBLink opens in a new window.

We are also running a podcast on the book which is available on YouTubeLink opens in a new window and SpotifyLink opens in a new window.

Further information (in Spanish) at nuevapoliticaexterior.cl.


Awards and scholarships

Becas-Chile Scholarship for undertaking a doctoral degree abroad. Awarded by Chile’s National Research and Development Agency (ANID). June 2018.

Becas-Chile Scholarship for undertaking a master’s degree abroad. Awarded by Chile’s National Research and Development Agency (ANID). June 2015.

First prize. Fourth Young Researchers Contest organized by Alberto Hurtado University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. August 2014.

First prize. Essay competition on Chilean foreign policy “Embajador Jorge Berguño Barnes” organized by the Career Diplomats Association of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile (ADICA) and University of Santiago’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IDEA-USACH). July 2012.


Recent publications

2022. ¿Qué Constitución para qué política exterior? Apuntes para el trabajo de la Convención Constitucional de ChileLink opens in a new window [with Claudia Fuentes-Julio and Daniela Sepúlveda Soto]. Fundación Friedrich Ebert and Nueva Política Exterior, 1-18.

2021. Nuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensualLink opens in a new window [edited with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner]. Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Económica. 384 pp.

2021. “Introducción: Hacia un nuevo ciclo progresista para la política exterior de Chile”Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner]. In: Bywaters C., Cristóbal, Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner (Eds.). Nuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensual. Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Económica. 21-55.

2021. “¿El fin de la ‘política de Estado’? Eficiencia y democracia en el nuevo ciclo de la política exterior”Link opens in a new window. In: Bywaters C., Cristóbal, Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner (Eds.). Nuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensual. Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Económica. 144-154.

2021. “Reflexión final: Los desafíos del nuevo ciclo de la política exterior chilena”Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner]. In: Bywaters C., Cristóbal, Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner (Eds.). Nuevas voces de política exterior: Chile y el mundo en la era post-consensual. Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Económica. 367-374.

2021. "Chile y el orden multipolar: Autonomía estratégica y diplomacia emprendedora en el nuevo ciclo de la política exterior"Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner]. Análisis Carolina 09. Madrid: Fundación Carolina. 15 pp.

Recent op-eds

2021. "Nuevo ciclo progresista de la política exterior"Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner].. La Tercera, August 19.

2021. "El Estado emprendedor como estrategia de autonomía en política exterior"Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner].. La Tercera, January 20.

2020. "Estancamiento y crisis del Servicio Exterior"Link opens in a new window [with Carola Muñoz]. El Mostrador, November 14.

2020. "Hacia un nuevo ciclo progresista para la política exterior chilena"Link opens in a new window [with Daniela Sepúlveda Soto and Andrés Villar Gertner]. La Tercera, October 22.

Previous publications