SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Politics and International Studies Departmental Seminars

Previous Events in this series

Going to the Ground (or Astroturf): A Grassroots View of Regime Resilience

Dr. Meredith Weiss

While disproportional access to electoral resources and curbs on civil and political rights clearly matter to the persistence of electoral-authoritarian regimes, long-term acculturation to political norms and modes of governance on the ground further complicate these regimes' transformation. Singapore and Malaysia, the world's most durable examples of electoral authoritarianism, exemplify this pattern

16 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Outsider Advantage: Why Liminal Actors Rise to System-Wide Domination

Professor Daniel Nexon

In this paper, we intervene in this debate by scrutinizing a particular process, in which an outside or liminal actor successfully establishes system-wide domination—thereby transforming a previously anarchical system into a hegemonic or imperial order.

9 March 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Small States Foreign Policy Choices in the Face of Great Power Competition in Southeast Asia

Dr. Enze Han

Dr. Enze Han examines how Myanmar and Thailand, given their respective domestic political changes – the former becoming more democratic since 2011 while the latter becoming more authoritarian since the 2014 military coup – have managed their relations with the U.S. and China.

13 January 2016, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The American Tributary System

Prof Yuen Foong Khong (Oxford)

The talk employs the idea of the tributary system—most often associated with China’s international relations from antiquity—to interpret how America relates to the rest of the world.

25 February 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Indonesia's New President: A Preliminary Scorecard

Dr Marcus Mietzner (Australian National University)

This talk assesses Indonesia's 7th president's first three months in office.

28 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Territorial Institutions and the Structure of Politics in Africa

Prof Catherine Boone (LSE)

This talk discusses territory-based allocation as alternative principle of resource allocation and stresses the large extent to which modern African states have relied on the use of territorial strategies of economic and political management.

21 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Some Theses on the Code of Historiography

Dr Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths)

History-writing is not the recreation of a past that is always-already there, lying mute and waiting for the historian to give it voice, but is instead a code or genre or technology, one which constructs the past in ways that make it amenable to representation through the code of
history.

14 January 2015, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

‘W(h)ither Militarism?’

Dr. Anna Stavrianakis (University of Sussex)
20 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4429, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

‘Choosing Terror’

Prof. Page Fortna (Columbia University)
19 March 2014, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4426, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Geopolitics of anti-slavery

Professor Brendan Simms, Professor in the History of International Relations, Cambridge
2 February 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

International Statebuilding

Professor David Chandler, University of Westminster
19 January 2011, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Title TBC

Stathis Kalyvas (Yale University)
10 March 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, 4418, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

India's Strategic Culture

Kanti Bajpai (University of Oxford)
27 January 2010, Russell Square: College Buildings, Khalili Lecture Theatre, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM