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List of Recently Completed PhD Theses  

Here is a list of recently completed PhD theses [PDF] in the International Relations Department.

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Postgraduate Research Students and their Areas of Expertise 

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The International Relations Department has a large research student body, comprising approximately 80 students. This is a list of only those research students who have chosen to have their details on the website. If you have any additions or amendments to this page please contact Alison Carter on a.s.carter@lse.ac.uk

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MARGARET AINLEY
Email:
m.w.ainley@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Violence in democratic transitions: Alternative systems of governance for Africa using Kenya as a case study

WAFA ALSAYED
Email: w.alsayed@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: State Formation, Divisions, and Rivalries in the Gulf: The GCC's Inability to Draft a Common Foreign Policy

MORTEN ANDERSEN
Email:
m.s.andersen@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: On Balance. A Genealogy of the ‘Balance of Power’, its uses and its effects

ILARI AULA
Email: i.a.aula@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The agency game – rhetoric of responsibility in the 21st century world politics

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LAURA BARBER
Email: l.k.barber@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Chinese Foreign Policy in the 'Going Out' Era: Confronting Challenges and 'Adaptive Learning' in the Case of China-Sudan Relations

LUKA BAREIS
[interrupting MT and LT 2013/14]
Email: l.bareis@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Can coalition building capability turn the game?  Analyzing the outcome of multilateral negotiations through coalition dynamics

JOHANN R BASEDOW
Email: j.r.basedow@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The emergence of the EU’s Common Investment Policy – Business pressure, intergovernmental bargaining or Commission entrepreneurship?

EMMANUELLE BLANC
Email:
e.blanc1@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Does Dialogue Matter? The case of the European Union and Israel

TINA BLOHM
Email:
t.blohm@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: When Less is More? Light Interventionism of United Nations Political Mission in Complex Security Environments

DAVID BRENNER
Email:
d.brenner@lse.ac.uk
Thesis TItle: "From Battlefield to Marketplace"? Border Economies, Counterinsurgency, and the Internal Politics of  Ethno-Nationalist Armed Groups in Myanmar/Burma

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ILARIA CARROZZA
Email: i.carrozza@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: China’s evolving approach to the African Peace and Security Architecture

GOKHAN CIFLIKI
Email: g.ciflikli@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Why do civil wars last longer than interstate wars? Modeling the structural determinants of conflict duration - a unified approach

NOËLE CROSSLEY
Email:
n.k.crossley@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Humanitarian Intervention: From Le Droit D'Ingerence to the Responsibility to Protect

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IDA DANEWID
Email: i.danewid@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Violence and vulnerability: theorizing embodied subjectivity in global politics

SIMONE DATZBERGER
Email:
s.datzberger@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: On the notion, role and concept of civil society in the peacebuilding and development process of Sierra Leone

ANDREW DELATOLLA
Email:
a.delatolla@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Unintended Consequences of State Formation in the Middle East on the International and Regional State Systems: Iraq, Turkey

MAGDALENA DELGADO
Email:
m.c.delgado@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Religion in foreign policy decision-making: the cases of Menachem Begin’s Israel, Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, and Crown Prince Fahd’s Saudi Arabia

HELENA DE MORAES ACHCAR
Email: h.de-moraes-achcar@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: How Counter-Hegemonic is South-South Cooperation? The Case of Brazil

CAROLINA DE SIMONE
Email:
c.de-simone1@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Italy and Catholic NGOs. 'Delegating' Foreign Policy?

ANDREA DESSI
Email:
a.t.dessi@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Ronald Reagan, Israel and the remaking of US foreign policy in the Middle East (1981-1989)

VIVIANE DITTRICH
Email: v.dittrich@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title:  Institutional Completion and the legacies of the International Criminal Tribunals

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ALENA EIS
Email:
a.j.eis@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: How has rhetoric been used in genocide post-1950?

PILAR ELIZALDE
Email: P.Elizalde@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title:   Human Rights Foreign Policy: Explaining states' behaviour in the UN's Universal Periodic Review

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MARIAN FEIST
Email:
m.j.feist@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Policy learning in global climate finance

CURRAN FLYNN
Email: c.m.flynn@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: A Study in the Inconsistencies of Hans Morgenthau’s Early American Works Using a Cambridge School Approach

MARIA FOTOU
Email:
m.fotou@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Ethics of hospitality: Envisaging the stranger in the contemporary world

JONATHAN FREEMAN
Email:
j.l.freeman@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Factors of success for nations developing military force: Are there common conditions that exist between states in an advise and assist mission?

INEZ FREIIN VON WEITERSHAUSEN
Email:
i.freiin-von-weitershausen@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Preferences, Institutions, Alternatives – Limits for Cooperation in EU Crisis Response during the Arab Uprising

PER-AXEL FRIELINGSDORF
Email:
b.p.frielingsdorf@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Dag Hammarskjöld and the Political Role of the Secretary-General of the United Nations

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ELITSA GARNIZOVA
Email: e.v.garnizova@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Many neoliberal ideas and one Directorate-General for Trade: constructing ideas in trade policy

RACHEL GEORGE
Email:
r.george2@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Limits of International Human Rights Law: Ratification Politics in selective signatory states in the Middle East

BORJA GUIJARRO USOBIAGO
Email:
b.guijarro-usobiaga@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Instrument variation in the EU's external promotion of democracy and human rights. A systematic approach

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ANISSA HADDADI
Email:
a.haddadi@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Nasserist and Muslim Brotherhood discourses: Myths and paradigms of the political resistance and national identity in Egypt

SCOTT HAMILTON
Email:
s.t.hamilton@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Global Climate as Governmentality: A Genealogy of Climate and the State

LIANE HARTNETT
Email:
l.hartnett@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Love and International Political Thought in the Twentieth Century

SOPHIE HASPESLAGH
Email:
s.m.haspeslagh@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: ‘Listing terrorists’: International proscription and third party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes

MARTIN HEARSON
Email:
m.hearson@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Converging or diverging policies? Developing countries and the social nature of international tax

JOHN HEMMINGS
Email:
j.hemmings1@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Strategic Relevance of US Trilaterals in the Asia Pacific
Website: http://hemmingsjohn.wordpress.com/

JULIA HIMMRICH
Email:
j.l.himmrich@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Why did Germany recognise Kosovo in 2008? - A two-level game approach to the development of Germany’s position on recognition under international pressures for a unified EU policy

JANA HOEFFKEN
Email:
j.u.hoeffken@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Competition Provisions in North-South Trade Agreements – Consequences for Domestic Reform

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LU JIANG
Email:
l.jiang4@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: China's New Engagement in African Agriculture

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IRENA KALHOUSOVA
Email: i.kalhousova@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Policies, Strategies, and Beliefs: Visegrad Countries and their Foreign Policies Towards Israel

SIDHARTH KAUSHAL
Email: s.kaushal@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Strategic Culture as a Focal Point: Reconceptualising the impact of Strategic Culture on National Grand Strategic Decisionmaking

SYED KHOEI
Email:
h.khoei@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: US Foreign Policy and the Construction of Ethno-Sectarian Politics in Iraq

MELISSA KOLUKSUZ
Email:
m.g.koluksuz@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Legitimizing American Imperialism After 9/11: A Critical Geopolitical Analysis

REIK CHRISTIAN KRAMER
Email:
r.c.kramer@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: An application of network and complexity theory to violent conflicts 

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CORINA LACATUS
Email:
c.lacatus@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Diffusion and Power of Good Governance Institutions: A Mixed Methods Study of NHRIs, ACAs, and Gender Equality Bodies

SO HYUN LEE
Email:
s.lee27@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Regional Economic Integration in East Asia

LUKAS LINSI
Email:
l.a.linsi@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: How the Beast Became a Beauty: The Social Construction of the Meaning of Inward Foreign Direct Investments, 1960-2010
Websitehttp://www.lukaslinsi.net

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AARON McKEIL
Email:
a.mckeil@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Nature of World Society

GUSTAV MEIBAUER
Email:
g.m.meibauer@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Role of No-Fly Zones in International Crisis Management

ANDREW MICHELS
Email:
a.j.michels@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Continuity and Change in Vetting Practice

MINAKO MORITA-JAEGER
[Interrupting 2013-14]
Email:
m.morita-jaeger@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Political Economy of Services Trade integration in East Asia: What can be learnt from the Experiences of the EU Internal Market for Services

BENJAMIN DAVID MUELLER
Email:
b.d.mueller@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: At Cold War's (unexpected) end: a causal-counterfactual exploration of decision-making

NAWAL MUSTAFA
Email:
n.s.mustafa@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The People Rise: A Reconstruction of Revolutionary Subjecthood in the Middle East

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KINGA NIEMCZYK
Email:
k.niemczyk@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The role of foreign actors in promoting and subverting democracy in the post-communist countries of CEE and Eurasia

ANDREAS NØHR
Email:
a.a.nohr@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The practice of truth-telling in international political thought: From verita effectuale to raison d'etat

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IOANNIS PAPAGARYFALLOU
Email:
i.papagaryfallou@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The English Realists: Herbert Buttersfield, Martin Wight, E.H. Carr: A Study of the Use of History and Theory

EVELYN PAULS
Email: e.pauls@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: International Norms and Non-State Actors, Naming and Shaming of the Use and Recruitment of Child Soldiers

KIRAN K. PHULL
Email: k.k.phull@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Uncovering Hidden Publics: Understanding the Relationship between Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in Authoritarian Contexts

MADDALENA PROCOPIO
Email:
m.procopio@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: China-Africa Beyond the State: The Case of Kenyan State-Society Negotiations in the Infrastructure, Healthcare and Education Sectors 

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DANIEL SCHADE
Email:
d.d.schade@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Understanding European Union foreign policy change: Diverging approaches in the EU’s Latin America policy

DAVID SCHAFER
Email:
d.schafer@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Intergovernmental EU Decision-Making: When do norms matter?

EFRAT SHAOULIAN-SOPHER 
Email: e.shaoulian-sopher@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The State of Israel’s Relations with Iran 1948-1967: The Covert Entente of Unlikely Bedfellows

TAMAR SHLAIM
Email:
t.shlaim@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Britain and the Israel-Palestine Conflict, 1967-2007

JEREMY STEVENS
Email:
j.d.stevens@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The promiscuous underbelly of China's rising influence in Africa: A case study of Chinese criminal activity in South Africa

DIMITRIOS STROIKOS
Email:
d.stroikos@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Asia in Space and the Orbit of International Society: Power, Status, and Order on the High Frontier

NEAL SULEIMANOVA
Email:
n.suleimanova@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Protecting the few: International Organizations and the protection of minority rights in Europe

BUGRA SUSLER
Email:
b.susler@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The EU Influence on Turkish Foreign Policy During the Arab Spring
Website: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/susler/

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JILLIAN TERRY
Email:
j.a.terry@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Towards a Feminist Ethic of War: Rethinking Moral Justifications of Contemporary Warfare

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NINGKANG WANG
Email:
n.wang5@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Environmental politics and nationalism in People’s Republic of China

ZIYUAN WANG
Email:
z.wang26@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Elite Politics and International Strategy: Explaining Chinese Foreign Policy in the Periods of Leadership Transition

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YUAN YAO
Email:
y.yao8@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: The Confluence of Hydropolitics and International Relations: Institutions, Social Construction and the Role of Epistemic Communities

JIE YU
Email:
j.yu7@lse.ac.uk
Thesis Title: Partnership or Partnerships: A Critical Examination on China-EU relations from 2001 to 2012 with case studies on China-EU collaborations on Climate Change and Renewable Energy

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