Dr Jürgen Haacke is Associate Professor in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science:
From August 2016 until July 2018, I was the Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.
In my research and teaching I aim to combine an interest in concepts and theories with detailed empirical analysis. I am also interested in exploring fruitful conversations between International Relations and its subfields and contributions made in other disciplines (e.g. recognition-theoretic approaches).
While most of my research lies at the intersection of Foreign Policy Analysis and Security Studies, my predominant regional focus is Southeast Asia. This aligns with a fair amount of my teaching, which also covers -inter alia- the politics, security and international relations of Southeast Asia in the context of evolving relations among the major powers.
Specifically, I have focused on regional security culture and regional order (ASEAN's Diplomatic and Security Culture: Origins, Development and Prospects, 2003); as well as cooperative security and securitization (Cooperative Security in the Asia-Pacific: The ASEAN Regional Forum, 2010; co-edited with Noel Morada). My monograph on Myanmar’s Foreign Policy highlighted the implications of the military’s perceived political imperative of state-building for foreign policy.
I also have a range of other research interests, including regionalism, and the responsibility to protect. Empirically, this work has respectively focused on Southeast and East Asia, and Myanmar before 2016.
More recent research of mine has focused on the role of foreign policy entrepreneurs in the context of US-Myanmar relations, as well as the concept of hedging as employed in debates about Southeast Asian alignment strategies. In the context of the impending Brexit, I recently also headed a project on the UK’s evolving foreign policy vis-à-vis Southeast Asia.
Dr Haacke has limited availability to supervise, but is happy to consider PhD applications in relation to IR-topics with reference to the Southeast Asian region.