Latest POLSIS publications show breadth of research

2016 was a banner year for high-profile publications by POLSIS staff, offering cutting-edge analysis on areas from China to Syria and on topics from security to totalitarianism to gender and political economy.

There was a close look at East Asia as Tsering Togpyal’s China and Tibet: the Perils of Insecurity was published by Hurst while Professor Emeritus Peter Preston considered The Politics of China- Hong Kong Relations: Living With Distant Masters.

The Syrian crisis was the focus of what might be done in “Laying the Foundations for a Credible and Sustainable Transition” by Christalla Yakinthou, Scott Lucas, and Stefan Woolf for the RUSI Journal. Jamie Gaskarth was concerned with the mistakes of ‘The Fiasco of the 2013 Syria Votes: Decline and Denial in British Foreign Policy’ in the Journal of European Public Policy, while Asaf Siniver and Scott Lucas took apart US rhetoric and policy in “The Islamic State Lexical Battleground: US Foreign Policy and the Abstraction of Threat” for International Affairs.

As Russia grabbed headlines with its assertive foreign and military policy under Vladimir Putin, Kevork Ostorkian wrote ‘Convenient Jihadis: Russia and the Instrumentalization of Radicalism’ for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Derek Averre and Kasia Wolczuk co-edited a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies on The Ukraine Crisis and Post-Post-Cold War Europe, with articles from Derek, Kasia, Richard Connolly, and Lance Davies. Richard also published ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Economic Statecraft and the Securitisation of Political Economy in Russia’ in Europe-Asia Studies. Nino Kemoklidze’s ‘Georgian-Abkhaz Relations in the Post-Stalinist Era’ was published in the edited book Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet Power. Proceedings of the ‘Exporting Jihad’ workshop, organised by Cerwyn Moore, were published in a special issue of Caucasus Survey.

In a year featuring unexpected victories for political insurgents, both Daniele Albertazzi and Richard Shorten considered power but from different perspectives. Daniele co-wrote Populists in Power for Routledge, as Richard published ‘Rethinking Totalitarian Ideology: Insights from the Anti-Totalitarian Canon’ for leading journal History of Political Thought.

Nicki Smith examined pressing issues with the chapter ‘Toward a Queer Political Economy of Crisis’ for Scandalous Economics: Gender and the Politics of Financial Crisis, published by Oxford University Press. Jamie Gaskarth edited a special section of the RUSI Journal on strategy and Britain’s Strategy Defence and Security Review 2015, including his article ‘Strategy in a Complex World.’ Rita Floyd contributed a chapter on ‘Security’ to the Encyclopedia of Global Environment Governance and Politics, the chapter ‘The Promise of Theories of Just Securitization’ in the edited volume Ethical Security Studies, and the article ‘Extraordinary or Ordinary Emergency Measures: What and Who Defines the “Success” of Securitization?’ in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs. Marco Vieira also negotiated concepts of security in ‘Understanding Resilience in International Relations: The Non-Aligned Movement and Ontological Security’ in International Studies Review, and he co-edited Challenges to Emerging and Established Powers: Brazil, the United Kingdom and Global Order

One of the crises was over the future of the European Union, with the surprising outcome of the UK’s Brexit vote and concern over right-wing movements on the continent. Sotirios Zartaloudis evaluated ‘Europeanization Mechanisms and Process Tracing: A Template for Empirical Research’ in Journal of Common Market Studies. Tim Haughton wrote about ‘Beelines, Bypasses and Blind Alleys: Theory and the study of the European Union’ in the same journal, and Julian Pänke set out ‘The Fallout of the EU's Normative Imperialism in the Eastern Neighbourhood’ in a special issue of Problems of Post-Communism. David Bailey co-edited a special issue of the journal Comparative European Politics on political alternatives after 2008, contributing an article on forms of disruptive protest responding to the wave of austerity initiatives in both the UK and Spain since 2010. 

Britain’s financial system came under scrutiny in Peter Burnham’s ‘The Alternative Externalization Strategy: Operational Independence and the Bank of England’ in Parliamentary Affairs. Daniele Albertazzi looked at Italy in ‘Going, Going,…Not Quite Gone Yet?: Bossi’s Lega and the Survival of the Mass Party’ in Contemporary Italian Politics and his co-edited special section of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies on ‘Italy after the 2013 Elections.’

Continuing to test concepts in the 21st-century political sphere, Richard North set forth “Principles as Guides: The Action-Guiding Role of Justice and Politics” in The Journal of Politics. Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage have just published Handbook of Gender in World Politics for Edward Elgar. Stephen Bates dug deep into British politics with the co-authored ‘Prime Ministerial self-reported actions in Prime Minister’s Questions 1979-2010: A Corpus-Assisted Analysis’ in the Journal of Pragmatics.

PhD candidates are also making their mark. Max Lemprière wrote ‘Using Ecological Modernization Theory to Account for The Evolution of the Zero Carbon Homes Agenda in England,’ and Rhys Crilley set out how visual media are fundamental aspect of the projection of strategic narratives by political actors in ‘Seeing Strategic Narratives?’ in the Journal of Critical Studies on Security. Mark Youngman published, ‘Between Caucasus and Caliphate:  The Splintering of the North Caucasus Insurgency’ in Caucasus Survey and ‘Broader, Vaguer, Weaker: The Evolving Ideology of the Caucasus Emirate Leadership’ in Terrorism and Political Violence. Shardia Briscoe-Palmer examined ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Doctoral Study’ in European Political Science.