LUCIR NEWSLETTER MAY 2021
Dear LUCIR community,
Although we’ve had the coldest April in years, we hope you are managing to keep your
spirits warm and high. The deluge of marking awaits, but a vaccinated-summer (or not?)
hopes to push us closer to the end of what has been a dreary and tiring year.
Ever since our last newsletter, we have conducted (jointly at times) three events. On 11
March, we hosted a panel on Dutch elections, followed by a panel on Global
Climate/Ecological Risk and International Security on 7 April. We launched Ian Patel’s
book ‘We’re Here Because You Were There’ on 15 April. These events were well attended and
we thank all the panelists and attendees.
We are very pleased to welcome Ghulam Ali
Murtaza<https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/medewerkers/ali-murtaza#tab-1> on the
LUCIR Team. Ali has just started on his PhD degree at the Institute for History. He is
working on a diplomatic history of post-independence Pakistan. Ali did his Masters in
International Politics from SOAS, University of London.
Our first book club meeting was on 30 April in which we discussed Mahmood Mamdani’s
Neither Settler Nor Native. We are now keen to turn this into a monthly event, scheduled
for last Friday of every month at 4:30pm. This month’s book is Adom Getachew’s Worldmaking
After Empire (28 May, 4:30 PM). We are hoping that more of you will join us in the coming
For this month, please register via the following zoom link:
LUCIR and the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship (University of Pretoria) will
jointly organise a book
for South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations. The launch is scheduled
for 19 May, 2:00-3:30pm. The event will feature the two authors, Vineet Thakur and Peter
Vale, and a discussant, Sithembile Mbete.
You are invited to join via zoom link:
Colleagues from the LUCIR community continue to engage with broader public audiences on
On the recent escalation of violence in northern Mozambique,, Corinna Jentzsch was
by RTL Nieuws. Here she explains how although there are obvious parallels between the
terrorist activities in Mozambique and the Islamic State, it is premature to suggest any
direct connections or collaborations.
In his opinion
for The Guardian, Andy Gawthorpe wrote on the flight of big business from the Republican
Party in the United States. He argues that the Democrats should see this as an opportunity
to weaken ‘a dangerous extremist [Republican] party’ and open its doors to big business –
with some conditions.
Nicolas Blarel co-wrote an
with Sumit Ganguly for Foreign Policy on Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from
Afghanistan. Nicolas and Sumit look at the French withdrawal from Indochina in 1954 and
analyse whether this may serve as a useful analogy for Biden’s America to draw some
Several of our members have publications that came out recently:
Globalising Regionalism and International
is hot off the press! Edited by Beatrix Futak-Campbell, the book provides a globalizing
framework to the study of regions, and is a timely and crucial addition to IR scholarship.
Crucially, it has the highest density of LUCIR scholars in a book ever! In addition to
Beatrix, Alanna O’Malley, Densua Mumford, Vanessa Newby, Jue Wang, Nicolas Blarel and Muge
Kinacioglu have chapters in the book.
Beatrix also published a co-authored journal article, titled ‘From the ‘Open door’ policy
to the EU-Turkey deal: media framings of German policy changes during the EU refugee
‘crisis’<https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0047117821999413>’. It performs a
discourse analysis around two of Angela Merkel’s actions: her decision to open Germany’s
borders to refugees in September 2015 and her support for the EU-Turkey statement in March
In ‘Gender sidestreaming? Analysing gender mainstreaming in national militaries and
Vanessa Newby and her co-author, Clotilde Sebag, demonstrate how the practice of
‘sidestreaming’ undermines efforts at gender mainstreaming in international peacekeeping.
Published in the European Journal of International Security, this article shows that women
remain clustered in gendered and low-status spaces in national militaries and in
specialised spaces in peacekeeping operations
Santino Regilme co-authored a journal article with Obert Hodzi titled ‘Comparing US and
Chinese Foreign Aid in the Era of Rising
in The International Spectator. Santino and Obert demonstrate that the US and Chinese
foreign aid programs have quite similar strategic objectives. They enhance the social
reputation of the donor state and attempt to shape the domestic politics of recipient
countries in line with donor government’s policy preferences.
Andy Gawthorpe published 'Rural Government Advisers in South Vietnam and the U.S. War
Effort , 1962-1963'
in Journal of Cold War Studies. The article maps the evolution of the U.S. rural advisory
program in South Vietnam and discusses the causes of its failure. The program's
eventual collapse, Andy argues, underscore the limits of the US nation building efforts on
Katharina Natter's article ‘Ad-hocratic immigration governance: how states secure
their power over immigration through intentional
was published in Territory, Politics, Governance. Analyzing the immigration policies of
Tunisia and Morocco, Katharina introduces the notion of ad-hocratic immigration
governance. She argues that the ambiguity and flexibility inherent in this mode of
governance suits states as it gives them more control over immigration.
Katharina published another paper, a book chapter titled Beyond the dichotomy of liberal
and illiberal migration governance
in Handbook on the Governance and Politics of Migration. Her chapter critically examines
the scholarly debate on the relationship between the nature of political regimes and
migration governance and presents a promising research agenda with a view to produce fresh
perspectives on contemporary migration politics worldwide.
For those interested in Dutch politics, Tom Louwerse and Cynthia van Vonno have a new
publication. 'Moving up or down : parliamentary activity and candidate
in The Journal of Legislative Studies explores how Dutch MPs parliamentary activities
correlate with their selection and promotion on the candidate list. They conclude that the
MPs who actively participate in parliamentary debates are more likely to reappear and
improve their position on the candidate list.
However, Tom wasn’t yet finished on parliamentary debates! In another journal article,
this time in West European Politics, Tom and his three co-authors analyze 'Opposition
in times of crisis : COVID 19 in parliamentary
a content analysis of parliamentary debates of four parliamentary democracies, the authors
map the changing views of the opposition parties on their respective governments’ policies
of the crisis.
Alexander Slaski has a co-authored journal article titled 'Explaining deference: why
and when do policymakers think FDI needs tax
in Review of International Political Economy. The authors attribute the continuing
existence of spurious belief among the policymakers that tax incentives influence the
locational decisions of foreign firms largely to policymakers' limited understanding
of how the private sector works.
In 'Can Elites Escape Blame by Explaining Themselves? Suspicion and Limits of Elite
Joshua Robinson argues that it is hard for an elected official to evade accountability for
questionable official conduct in the face of counter-explanation centered on his or her
ulterior motives. The article was published in British Journal of Political Science.
Staying on elite perceptions, Jan Aart Scholte’s recent co-authored EJIR (European Journal
of International Relations)-publication suggests that governing elites tend to perceive
international organizations as legitimate if the latter possess the following three
institutional qualities to a sufficient degree: democracy, effectiveness and fairness. Go
to 'Explaining elite perceptions of legitimacy in global
find out what they have to say.
Simon Chauchard's co-authored article 'Rethinking the Study of Electoral Politics
in the Developing World : Reflection on the Indian
was published in Perspective on Politics. Simon questions some of the widely held
assumptions in comparative politics about the political behavior of Indian electorate and
political parties, and suggests that how new insights on Indian politics can be harnessed
to enrich our understanding of electoral behavior of other countries.
In his journal article for Political Research Exchange, Babak Rezaeedaryakenari asks: ‘If
nonviolent methods of resistance are effective – and perhaps even more successful than
violent methods – why do opposition movements ever resort to violence?’ ‘The Dilemma of
us that the likelihood of violence is related to the rate of change in the size of the
'Travels in diplomacy : V.S. Srinivasa Sastri and G.S. Bajpai in
explores the emerging contours of Indian diplomacy in early 1920s. Published in The
International History Review, Vineet Thakur follows the journeys of two eminent Indian
diplomats and narrates how they set the tone for Indian diplomacy on the key questions of
race and commonwealth.
Claire Vergerio was recently shortlisted for Central European University’s Excellence in
Teaching Award in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Claire won the 2019 Casimir Prize
and was therefore nominated by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. She is in
the final round, and our hands are praying with their fingers crossed!
Two of our members were recently felicitated at the International Studies Association.
Santino Regilme won the best conference paper
for the paper “One Great Nation Under Trump? Global Human Rights in Distress Amidst
American Decline”. Santino won it for the paper that he presented at the ISA Asia-Pacific
Conference 2019 in Singapore.
Vineet Thakur won the 2021 Francesco Guicciardini
with his co-author Peter Vale. The award
recognizes the best book in historical international relations, and Vineet and Peter were
awarded for their book South Africa, Race and the Making of International Relations.
This is not an exhaustive list of all the activities that are happening in our community
but we rely on you telling us about them. So, if you have an article – peer reviewed or
popular, a policy paper, book chapter, a book or planning an event to start a new research
project please send us an email.
Your LUCIR team
Vineet Thakur, Ghulam Ali Murtaza, Beatrix Campbell & Corinna Jentzsch
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