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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

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

EMILY ANDERSON
Email: e.j.anderson@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Taxation and statebuilding in postcolonial Angola and Mozambique

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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?

EMANUELLE BLANC
Email:
e.blanc1@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The impact of emotions on the EU's foreign policy

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

SIMONE BOHNENBERGER-RICH
Email:
s.bohnenberger@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Chinese Foreign Policy towards Kazakhstan: Hierarchy, Dependency and Political Power?
Areas of Expertise:  Chinese trade, finance and investment in Kazakhstan; economic dependency and hierarchy;  energy security.

CAROLINA BONIATTI PAVESE
Email: c.boniatti-pavese@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Level-linkage in European Union-Brazil relations: An analysis of cooperation on climate change, trade and human rights

ANDREW BOWEN
Email: a.bowen@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Syrian-American Relations, 1973-1977: A Study of Security Cooperation in Regional Conflicts

DAVID BRENNER
Email:
d.brenner@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis TItle: Transborder Economies and the Politics of Ceasefire in Myanmar/Burma

RUPERT BRODERSEN
Email: r.brodersen@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Rage, Rancour and Revenge - An Existentialist approach to IR

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DANIEL CAPPARELLI
Email:
d.capparelli@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Political Economy of Trade in Services

KASIRA CHEEPPENSOOK
Email:
k.cheeppensook@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Development of the ASEAN Charter

CHRISTINE COTE
Email: c.cote@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: A Chilling Effect? The impact of international investment agreements on national policy autonomy in the areas of health, safety and the environment

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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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

DAMIANO DE FELICE
Email:
d.de-felice1@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: European donors and different approaches to human rights conditionality: Foreign aid from France, Italy and the United Kingdom
Website: http://lse.academia.edu/DamianodeFelice| 

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

DIEGO DE MERICH
Email:
d.de-merich@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Empathy at the Intersection of Care: Articulating a Critical Social Justice Approach to International Development

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

B ALEX DUEBEN
Email:
b.a.dueben@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: China-Russia Relations after the Cold War: The Process of Institution-Building and Its Impact on the Evolution of Bilateral Cooperation

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

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DANIEL FALKINER
[interrupting MT 2013]
Email:
d.t.falkiner@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Tragedy and International Relations

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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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

IACOVOS GEORGIOU
Email: i.georgiou@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: External Constraints on Foreign Policy Formulation: The Impact of the EEC/EU and the US on Greek-Turkish Relations. Greek Foreign-Policy Making from SIMSIK-I to Imia 1987-1996 (A Greek Perspective).

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: Rethinking Global Governance as Global Governmentality: Understanding the diffusion of global politics and subjectivity using Heidegger and Foucault

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

MONIKA HELLMEYER
Email: m.hellmeyer@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The impact of the Central and Eastern EU member states on the EU's foreign policy

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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MUSTAFA IZZUDDIN
Email:
m.izzuddin1@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: From Cautious Rapprochement to Matured Partnership: A Neoclassical Realist Study of Malaysia's China Policy (1974-2009)

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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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MARK KERSTEN
Email:
m.s.kersten@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Justice in Conflict: The Effects of the International Criminal Court's Investigations and Indictments on Peace and Justice Processes in northern Uganda and Libya

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

ROBYN KLINGLER-VIDRA
Email:
r.klingler@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: All Politics is Local: How the diffusion process has driven transformation and variance in the venture capital policy area

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

FREDERICK LAKER
Email:
f.a.laker@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Fragile States, Selfish Samaritans, and the Great Geopolitical Game: The Origins, Evolution, Impact and Subterfuge of the Global Internal Displacement Regime

JENS LAMPRECHT
Email:
j.p.lamprecht@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: To what extent and why did Canada’s and Japan’s bargaining power decrease from the Uruguay round to the DDA? What are the conditioning factors of Canada’s and Japan’s bargaining power during the Uruguay round and DDA and to what extent have these factors changed from one round to the other?

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

LUKAS LINSI
Email:
l.linsi@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: How do governments decide? Explaining the global diffusion of national investment promotion agencies

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HADI MAKAREM
Email:
h.makarem@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Assessing Neoliberal Reconstruction in Post-Civil War Lebanon: The Case of Solidere’s Reconstruction of Downtown Beirut

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

JULIA MURAVSKA
Email:
j.muravska@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Institutionalisation of the European Defence Equipment Market

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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DEEPAK NAIR
Email:
d.nair@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Performing and Producing “ASEAN”: An Ethnographic Study of the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

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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FRANCESCO OBINO
[interrupting Michaelmas Term 2013-14]
Email:
f.obino@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Macro Actors in International Relations: development INGOs and normative agency between the global and the local

CURTIS OHLERS
Email:
c.a.ohlers@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Transnational insurgencies and interstate warfare

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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

JACOB PARAKILAS
Email:
j.c.parakilas@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Mexican Drug "War": An examination into the nature of narcotics-linked violence in Mexico, 2006-2012

BRADLEY PARKS
Email: b.c.parks@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Understanding the Conditions under which External Incentives for Policy Reform are Most Effective: The Case of the Millennium Challenge Account 
Website: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/PARKSB|

GIA SON PHAM
Email: g.s.pham@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The impact of the WTO accession process on Vietnamese economic reform: a political economy approach

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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JON RAHBEK-CLEMMENSEN
Email:
j.rahbek-clemmensen@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Beyond 'The Soldier and the State' - The Theoretical Framework of Civil-Military Relations

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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?

PHILIP SCHLEIFER
Email:
p.schleifer@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Diffusion and Inclusiveness of Private Sustainability Governance

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

MASOMA SHERAZI
Email:
m.z.sherazi@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: (Fifteen men) on the edge of reason: An ethnography of the UN Security Council 

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

RARJEEV SIBAL
Email:
d.r.sibal@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Emerging Market Variation: Multinational Corporate Creditworthiness in Brazil and India

JANEL SMITH
Email:
j.e.smith@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Civil Society, Human Security, and the Politics of Peace-building in Victor’s Peace Sri Lanka (2009-2012)

NICK SRNICEK
Email:
n.srnicek@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Representing Complexity: The Material Construction of World Politics

JEREMY STEVENS
Email:
j.d.stevens@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Undocumented commercial cords and criminality between China and 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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LUCA TARDELLI
Email:
l.tardelli@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: When Elites Fight: Elites and the Politics of US intervention in Internal Conflicts

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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MARGIT USSAR
Email:
m.ussar@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Ethical IO, unethical state? Organisational structure and ethical considerations in international development aid organisations

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RAJNEESH VERMA
Email:
r.verma@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Tiger and the Dragon: A Neoclassical realist analysis of India and China in the oil industry in West Africa

BENEDETTA VOLTOLINI
Email:
b.voltolini@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Non-state actors and EU foreign policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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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

SARAH JANE WILLIAMS
Email:
s.j.williams@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title:  A constructivist strategy for designing peace processes.

MUHAMMAD H WIRAJUDA
Email:
m.wirajuda@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Democratisation and Indoniesia's Foreign Policy

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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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SHUXIU ZHANG
Email:
s.zhang10@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: The Dragonomic Diplomacy (De)Code: A Study on the Causal Relationship between Chinese Economic Diplomacy Preference Formation and the Influence of Multilateral Economic Regimes

YIXIAO ZHENG
Email:
y.zheng3@lse.ac.uk|
Thesis Title: Navigating between Rising Power and Vulnerability: China's Paradox and Its Policy towards Australia

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