The work of the Research Committee on International Relations Theory (IRT) covers a wide array of topics, including ones conventionally associated with the field, but also others necessitated by the new global challenges, opportunities and risks. We follow how traditional IR theories are trying to adapt to the altered realities of today’s multipolar world like the rise of new actors (BRICS), the emergence of new forms of political cooperation (regional organizations), as well as the influence of various non-state actors (international organizations, NGOs, etc). At the same time, we examine the appearance of new theories of IR and the contributions of the framework they offer to the understanding of how states act internationally and what motivates them to act in a certain way. Therefore, we discuss the changes to concepts like war, security and power but also the advance of international norms and human rights.
Antwi Boasiako, Chair of the SRC
Antwi Boasiako has graduated from the Political Science MA program at Brock University, Canada in 2016, and was the recipient of the prestigious Board of Trustees Spirit of Brock medal – the highest student honor – during his graduation from the university. He has commenced his doctoral study in Political Science at Concordia University, where he is specializing in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Antwi’s primary research interest is in IR theory, where he is drawn to the analysis of international influences on the dissemination of democratic norms in sub-Saharan Africa. Characteristically, Antwi approaches and conceptualizes his research studies from the theoretical vantage point of social constructivism but where necessary, he adopts an eclectic approach, in which case he synthesizes ideas from institutionalist frameworks, particularly, sociological and historical institutionalism to complement these constructivist ideas to gain holistic understanding in his research subjects. Antwi has a nascent research interests in security studies, particularly, terrorism in Africa and the politics of food production on the continent.
Tamer Mahboub, Vice-Chair of the SRC
Tamer MAHBOUB is an ‘International Observer’ at the United Nations (UNAMID), and an author. He is also the founder and director of the International Institute for Middle East Development (IIMD). Tamer has recently pursued his Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from the American University in Cairo (AUC). An International Law by background, he holds some Graduate Diplomas in Civil Society, Human Rights as well as International Negotiations from Cairo University after holding a dual BA degree in International Law and Security Studies. In 2014, he has published a book entitled “Iran’s Nuclear Motivations”, available in Amazon website. Before joining the UN, Tamer had carried out projects for a variety of organizations, agencies and academic institutions, including the American University in Cairo, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), UK, and the Egyptian Ministry of Interior. Tamer’s research focuses primarily on the Political and International Relations Issues in the Middle East, Conflict Management and Resolution, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
Marzio Di Feo
Marzio graduated in International Relations from the Florence University School of Political Sciences “Cesare Alfieri”. His research interests cluster around the transformation of the broad term of security and of war itself, human-machine interaction and integration in the cyberspace environment, nonlinear dynamics and the nature of future warrior, and the use of geek skills for the analysis of social phenomena.
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Ben Felsher is a graduate of York University in Toronto Canada. During his undergraduate studies, he contributed to the NATO Council of Canada’s forum on Women in Security as well as UN Association of Canada initiatives. Currently, his research is focused on Levinasian ethics in foreign policy.
Tabata Magela Guimaraes Lima
Tabata is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in International Relations at the University of London International Programmes with academic direction from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is also enrolled in a preparatory course on Diplomacy at Damasio Educational in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her research interests are on the field of international relations, diplomacy, conflict resolution, international law and international politics in developing countries.
Xiao Alvin Yang
Xiao (Alvin) Yang is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Kassel in Germany. His dissertation focuses on the tensions among globalization, regional integration and the re-rise of nationalism in Asia, Europe and North America. His current research interests are international relations (IR) theory, emerging Chinese IR theory, global political economy, epistemology and ontology of IR, and East Asia-Europe- North America. He holds a master degree in Chinese-European economics and business from the Berlin School of Economics and Law and a master degree in international business from the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in music with honours at York University in Canada where he studied percussion (e.g. drumset), world music, classical music and jazz. He also studied political science, business management and anthropology at Stockholm University, as well as exploring sociology at University of Toronto. In addition, he studied German at Heidelberg Universität, Humboldt Universität and München Universität, as well as French at Université Jean Monnet in France, Western University at Trois-Pistoles and Laval Université in Quebec.
Pinar did her BA in Philosophy both in Turkey and Germany. She is currently majoring in Comparative Politics and Public Policy at the University of Montpellier, France, with a specific focus on the anti-nuclear movement toward the first nuclear power plant in Turkey as a MA’s thesis project. She is examining in what context is “Turkey’s first nuclear power plant” considered and framed as a problematic issue by the anti-nuclear groups and to see the efficiency of the change focused green activism in Turkey over the past five years. Pinar is also the coordinator of the Global Justice Working Group of the Federation of European Young Greens which enables her to discuss regularly about up-to-date topics in the context of the current issues concerning inequality and injustice. She is very interested in social movements, environmental philosophy, human rights, and also literature and cinema. In her future studies at the Ph.D. level, she is planning to study at Hiroshima, Japan, focusing on the peace movements (plus hibakushas) both in Hiroshima after the nuclear attack and Kashmir through continuous conflict with Pakistan. She likes to deepen her understanding of the theoretical knowledge in political science through interdisciplinary research approaches.She is keen on political philosophy, poetry, existentialism, different cultures, ecology, nuclear-related issues.
Gergana chaired the Research Committee on International Relations Theory from March 2015 to June 2017. She completed her PhD in Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa), Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS). She graduated from the American University in Bulgaria with a double major in Political Science-International Relations and History. She holds a joint Master of Arts degree from the University of Bologna and University of Sarajevo. Gergana has interdisciplinary academic background and her research interests include international relations, foreign policy analysis, international norms, human rights and transatlantic relations.