Working Group 2017-2018

This Working Group is devoted to ‘The Dynamics of Globalization’. It can be argued that globalization is the most important change in human history (Bauman 2003). It is a complex phenomenon that has multifaceted effects on society.  As a result, globalization and its effects have been both largely praised and criticized. The ATT members of 2017/18 will use their various theoretical and methodological specializations to examine issues, debates and controversies related to the intended and (un)intended consequences of globalization. Core topics include but are not limited to:

  • Inequality and globalization,
  • the ways in which various actors (nation-states, non-state actors, and society) impact/shape globalization,
  • the rise of nationalism as an unintended consequence of globalization,
  • the role and impact of non-state actors in globalization,
  • the relationship of a country’s political structure and globalization.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case of further questions or inquiries at ac@iapss.org.

The members of the Working Group 2017-2018 are members of the recently formed IAPSS Academic Committee as well.

Basem Aly

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Basem Aly is a journalist working for Ahram Online, the English news website of Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper. He has been covering Middle Eastern and international politics since 2011. Basem holds a master’s degree in political science—with a specialization in international relations— from the American University in Cairo (AUC). His MA thesis, currently a published text, tackled the use of strategic bombing against non-state actors in contemporary conflicts in the Middle East. He was a teaching and a research assistant at the AUC Department of Political Science.  Basem was also an associate editor for Arab Media & Society, a journal published by the same university.

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Basem Aly

Basem Aly

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Rigina Syssoyeva

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Rigina Syssoyeva holds a PhD degree in International Studies from the University of the Basque Country, Spain. The PhD thesis Eurasian integration as a way to respond to global challenges, which she defended in 2015 with distinction Cum Laude, was dedicated to integration in the post-Soviet area and the Eurasian Economic Union of Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. In her research, Dr. Syssoyeva focuses on regional integration theories, in particular on Liberal Intergovernmentalism and its latest developments. She also studied and/or researched in Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland and South Korea. Currently Ms. Syssoyeva works in Kazakhstan for the city hall of Astana. She speaks Russian, Spanish, English and Kazakh.

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Rigina Syssoyeva

Rigina Syssoyeva

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Jamila Glover

Academic Coordinator
ac@iapss.org

Jamila is from Houston, Texas in the United States. She is a Ph. D. candidate at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and has a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. Prior to pursuing her doctoral education, Jamila worked in private industry in various capacities for 10 years. Her most recent appointment was at NATO-ACT where she worked as a Project Manager. Her research focuses on private public partnerships, with an emphasis on the role of non-state actors in political economic development. Jamila is proficient in Spanish and has studied abroad in Spain, Mexico and Argentina.

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Jamila Glover

Jamila Glover

Academic Coordinator

Stephen Reimer

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Stephen holds a BA (Hons) in International Development Studies and Political Science from McGill University, and a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics, where he focused his research on international criminal networks, post-conflict governance arrangements, and the UN’s Women, Peace, and Security agenda. For his Masters dissertation, Stephen employed a critical discourse analysis methodology and a theoretical framework based on Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance to analyse power-sharing discourses in Burundi and South Sudan. His previous work has been published in academic journals at McGill and Princeton Universities. Stephen also has expertise of the UN’s political affairs architecture, having served with the Canadian government at their delegation to UN Headquarters in New York City.

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Stephen Reimer

Stephen Reimer

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Catarina Woyames

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Catarina Woyames is a PhD candidate at the Coimbra Faculty of Law, focusing on Privacy and IoT. Her research interests include Digital Inequalities in Latin America, Human Rights, and Big Data. She was born in Minas Gerais, Brazil, and holds a Law Degree and Master in International Public Law and European Law. She is a member of Internet Organization Youth and was a Fellow at the School of South Governance and the United Nations Summer Course in Slovenia. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Paris Pantheón-Assas, Hamburg University, Salamanca University and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

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Catarina Woyames

Catarina Woyames

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Maryna Rabinovych

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Maryna Rabinovych, LL.M (Hamburg) is a 3-year PhD Candidate at the I.I.Mechnikov Odessa National University/ University of Hamburg, specializing in the EU external relations law. She is also a Reintegrated Expert to Ukraine in terms of the GIZ Programme “Migration for Development” and a Global Community Manager at the Ukraine Democracy Initiative (Sydney, Australia).

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Maryna Rabinovych

Maryna Rabinovych

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Aaron Stacey

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Aaron is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University. The working title of his dissertation is “The Re-emergence of Populism in an Age of Globalisation” which investigates recent support for populism as an unintended side-effect of globalisation. He has a BA in politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Stirling (UK), and an MA in political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe from University College London (UK).

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Aaron Stacey

Aaron Stacey

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Fernando Ntutumu-Sanchis

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Fernando Ntutumu-Sanchis is a political scientist with a BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration from the University of Valencia and a MA in Democracy and Government from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice in the University of Valencia's Human Rights Institute. His thesis focuses on the hypothetical contradiction between the theoretical fundamental values of liberal democracies and its empirical realization. It aims to theoretically analyze the opposition between values and practices that takes place due to the existence of institutions like the Immigrant Detention Centers, refugee camps, immigration law clauses and policies as the infringement of the non-refoulement principle.

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Fernando Ntutumu-Sanchis

Fernando Ntutumu-Sanchis

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Lora Hadzhidimova

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Lora holds an LL.M. degree from Sofia University, Bulgaria. She also has a Master in Arts degree from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. Currently, she is a PhD-student in the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University. She is a member of the International Student Advisory Board and the ODU Libraries Student Advisory Council. Lora was selected for an internship with the NATO-ACT in the operational analysis unit and is expected to join NATO-ACT in the summer of 2018. Previously, she interned at the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA - part of National Defense University. Lora’s research interests include critical theory, cognitive security, politics of the European Union, democratization processes, and nationalism.

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Lora Hadzhidimova

Lora Hadzhidimova

Member of the Working Group 2017-2018

Working Group 2016-2017

The Working Group of the 2016-2017 Academic Think Tank consists of three postgraduate students/early-stage researchers that will apply various theoretical and methodological approaches to improve our understanding of the ‘Role of Politics in Humanitarianism’, as part of the 2017 IAPSS Annual Theme ‘The Meaning of Politics’.

Humanitarianism and the study thereof is at a critical juncture. While the world is experiencing crises on a never before seen scale the entire international humanitarian system is called into questions, with agendas for reform and revolution and events such as the World Humanitarian Summit seeking profound change. The 2016 – 2017 IAPSS Academic Think Tank seeks to find critical and imaginative answers to some of the core questions in research on humanitarianism and the role of politics therein. It critically examines the politics of humanitarianism and the political-ness of humanitarian actors.

The 2016 – 2017 IAPSS Academic Think Tank adopts creative high-quality approaches covering all angles of the topic, from traditional questions of humanitarianism studies to more unusual approaches, including but not limited to questions such as: How are power relations shaping humanitarianism? Should humanitarianism be political? How will the World Humanitarian Summit change the humanitarian system? Are humanitarians political actors?

Nino Rusidze

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Nino is 26 years old, from Georgia. She holds her BA degree in Business Administration (Georgia), MA degree in International Relations and Communications (Hungary) and currently is PhD candidate at Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary). Her research interest is Political Marketing Strategies and State Brand Building, researching increasing importance of political marketing tools in diplomacy for EEC. During her MA studies she has been fully funded by International Visegrad Fund and her PhD studies is fully supported by Tempus Public Foundation. Nino is fluent in Georgian, English, Russian, and speaks French on intermediate level.

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Nino Rusidze

Nino Rusidze

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Kamila Suchomel

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Kamila is an alumna of the International Relations and Diplomacy graduate program at Anglo-American University in Prague, and is currently also working at her alma mater as an administrator. She wrote her master's thesis on visual representation in humanitarian imagery, analyzing discourse and power relations contained therein from a critical interpretive stance. Kamila's main interests include the rights-based approach to development for which she manifested a passion during her undergraduate program in International Development Studies at Mendel University in Brno. She is a proponent of critical scholarship and education in order to develop unconventional ways of viewing international relations and thus enrich research and policy-making especially in the spheres of development and humanitarianism.

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Kamila Suchomel

Kamila Suchomel

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Jordan Shapiro

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Jordan’s main expertise is in is in conflict resolution, and democracy building through sub-state fragmentation, more specifically, using ethnically run, sub state governments as a means to resolve conflicts between an ethnic group and the state, Russian foreign relations and language, British politics from a Welsh perspective, and American politics.
She wrote her master’s dissertation in a comparative framework using the Welsh substate as a model for conflict resolution in the Kurdish region of Turkey, arguing that if the Kurds were given representation in the Turkish Parliament and also had an opportunity to have a state government and power to legislate over certain subjects such as education, language, and whatever other powers matter to the Kurds that the Turkish government would be willing to give away.
Professionally, she has worked for Senator Bernard Sanders and currently she is working for an environmentally focused youth empowerment organization that addresses environmental leadership for students in high schools in California, Ecuador, and Nicaragua by addressing environmental literacy and cultural exchange through international service trips that create grass roots international contacts between young people from these three areas.

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Jordan Shapiro

Jordan Shapiro

Member of the Working Group 2016-2017

Charlotte Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator
thinktank@iapss.org

Charlotte was born 26 years ago in Cologne and holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bonn University (Germany) as well as a Masters in Risk and Security from Durham University (UK). She is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University (UK) investigating pandemic prepardness. Her research interests revolve around Global Health, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Action. Charlotte holds PhD studentship from Cardiff University and has previously been funded by Aberystwyth University and the German Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes e.V.). Her extracurricular interests include first aid, outdoor sports and travelling. Charlotte is fluent in English, German and French and speaks Spanish and Danish at beginner’s level.

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Charlotte Hammer

Charlotte Hammer

Academic Think Tank Coordinator

Working Group 2015-2016

The theme of the Working Group 2015-2016 is ‘Challenging Democracy’. Democracy is at the heart of political science and practice in the 21st century. The topic seeks a broad engagement with the practices, challenges and theories of democracy. The Think Tank aims at finding critical and imaginative answers to some of the core questions in current democracy research and investigates the values and norms of democracy as well as threats to democracy and democratization processes. Thereby, it also questions and challenges democracy, democratic practices and democratic legitimization and their role in shaping the world in the 21st century.

Nick Vlahos

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Nick is a PhD student in the political science department at York University in Toronto. His dissertation is on the relationship between the partisan (de)centralization of state institutions and the (re)design of democratic authority in Britain over the post-WWII period, Related interests are linked with a desire to see participatory forms of civic engagement more integrated into democratic decision-making in Canadian municipalities. He is currently engaged with the revamp of participatory budgeting in Ward 2, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, serving on the steering committee and acting as an education coordinator.

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Nick Vlahos

Nick Vlahos

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Max Lüggert

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Max Lüggert is currently a PhD student at Bonn University in Germany. He holds a Master's degree in political science, his dissertation deals with the changing political role of the European Central Bank in the wake of the current crisis.

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Max Lüggert

Max Lüggert

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Asyura Salleh

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Asyura is a former government political analyst and current PhD Candidate with S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Tecnhnological University at Singapore. She has a specialised research interest in the impact of conflicting worldviews on US democracy promotion policies towards transitioning countries.

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Asyura Salleh

Asyura Salleh

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Paula Gomes Moreira

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Paula is a PhD Candidate in International Relations with University of Brasilia (UnB). Her main areas of study comprises international and compared politics. She has been dedicated to investigate the contribution of international electoral observers to good democratic governance in elections, especially in Latin American and post-conflict countries. She is currently finishing her PhD and aims to apply for a post-doc.

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Paula Gomes Moreira

Paula Gomes Moreira

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Li-chia Lo

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. My doctoral thesis is about deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting in China with special interest in formations of related knowledge and local experiments in Chinese cities.
My broader areas of interest include critical theory, political theory, democratic theory, post-strucutralism, China studies, Taiwan studies, and democratization in East Asia.
Following my thesis and areas of interest, for my mid-term project, via ethnographic methods and discourse analysis, I plan to compare the different developments of deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting in China and Taiwan. For my long-term project, I put special emphases on the reflection of democratic theory through the empirical experiences in China and Taiwan.
In the meantime, I am extremely open to all forms of participation, deliberation and democratic experiments around the world.

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Li-chia Lo

Li-chia Lo

Member of the Working Group 2015-2016

Working Groups 2014-2015

For the Association year 2014-2015 the topic of ‘Uncertainty and Risk in Security Studies’ was chosen as part of the annual topic ‘Cooperation, Conflict & Security‘. The three working groups focused on Possibilistic and Probabilistic Approaches to Security, Unknown Unknowns in Defense and Security and Risk Management for Policy Making, respectively.