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Gregorio Bettiza


Gregorio Bettiza


Gregorio Bettiza was a Stonex PhD Scholar| at LSE IDEAS from 2008 until 2012. He is now a Max Weber Fellow| at the European University Institute.

Gregorio completed his PhD in the International Relations Department, where he also taught introductory courses on international relations and foreign policy analysis. Gregorio's thesis was titled ‘Global Religious Resurgence and the Desecularization of American Foreign Policy, 1990-2012’. The thesis conceptually and empirically explored the extent to which American foreign policy discourses, institutions and practices have changed (de-secularized) under the pressure of domestic and international religious forces since the end of the Cold War.

For an up-to-date overview of Gregorio’s research projects and publications, visit his website at: www.gregoriobettiza.com|


  • Former LSE IDEAS Stonex Scholar awarded Max Weber Fellowship at European University Institute
    Gregorio Bettiza, former LSE IDEAS Stonex PhD Scholarship holder for International Relations, has been awarded a Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute (EUI).
  • The Tea Party in International Perspective
    Gregorio Bettiza argues that the Tea Party is not an isolated phenomenon. Popular movements across the world are responding to international challenges in similar ways.
  • IDEAS Today: The Tea Party in International Perspective
    plus Do Nations Need Strategies?, The Global 1989, Reappraising the Iran-Iraq War, Organised Crime and more
  • Obama's Middle East Policy: Time to Decide
    January 2010: Gregorio Bettiza and Chris Phillips look at Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East.
  • Sanctioning Iranian Narcissism - Al Majalla
    April 2010: Contrary to conventional wisdom, Iran is not a rogue state. It cares deeply about its standing in the world and daily seeks to legitimize its government in the eyes of the international community. In many ways, Iran is more like Soviet Russia or Maoist China than it is a pariah state.
  • LSE IDEAS Today: Drifting or Rifting? America and Europe in the age of Obama
    April 2010: When Americans elected a new president in November 2008, Europeans hoped that the partnership between the two continents would be renewed.
  • Obama’s Domestic Foreign Policy | Aspenia online
    July 2010: It has become somewhat common wisdom that President Obama’s international agenda has been superseded by his domestic one.
  • Transatlantia: Liberal Interventionism R.I.P.
    Gregorio Bettiza notes that the rhetoric and policies of democracy promotion have disappeared from US foreign policy.
  • Gregorio Bettiza on Aspenia online: Britain: undecided at home, uncertain abroad
    Following the formation of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, Britain is set for a rocky and uncertain future. What is clear though, is that its international role will shrink.
  • IDEAS Today - Issue 3: April 2010
    Refugees in Malaysia by Eva-Lotta Hedman, What Next for Iran? by George Lawson, Drifting or Rifting? America and Europe in the age of Obama by Gregorio Bettiza, New fuel for the Falklands dispute? by George Adelman, Extending Models of Diversity: Politics and Society in Trinidad and Tobago Leslie James, and more...
  • Iran: What is the effect of more sanctions on domestic Iranian politics?
    Adel Al Toraifi and Gregorio Bettiza, examine the implications of new sanctions on Iran as the US, Britain, France and Germany consider a fourth round of UN sanctions.
  • News Analysis: Nov/Dec 2009
    In the past month, three key issues came to the fore in transatlantic relations. First, the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 grabbed much of the attention in early November. During the events there was much cause for celebration but also some space for critical reflections. Secondly, the ratification process of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty draw to a closure with the final appointments of two new EU posts of President of the European Council and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Finally, on December 1st, President Obama unveiled his administration's new strategy for Afghanistan in a speech at the emblematic West Point academy.
  • Obama Nation? US Foreign Policy One Year On
    January 2010: To mark one year since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, this Special Report brings together distinguished authors from the LSE and beyond to discuss how successfully the United States has reconfigured its foreign policy in the past year. Obama came to office facing a daunting array of specific policy challenges which were compounded by the twin overriding objectives to repudiate the Bush years and restore American legitimacy whilst focusing on economic renewal in the wake of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression. The picture of his first year in office is one of mixed success but of striking ambition.