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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr Richard Al-Qaq

BSc (Birmingham), MSc (LSE), PhD (SOAS)

Overview

Richard Al Qaq
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Research Associate

Name:
Dr Richard Al-Qaq

Biography

Richard Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from SOAS, a MSc in International Relations Research from the LSE and a BSocSc, First Class, in International Studies with Political Science from the University of Birmingham. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Relations at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy. Prior to this Dr Al-Qaq taught BA International Relations in the Department of Political Studies, SOAS, and worked and conducted ethnographic and archival research at the UN International Secretariat in New York City. From 2008 to 2013, Dr Al-Qaq worked and collaborated with several leading Brazilian higher education and government institutions, including the Rio Branco Institute (IRBR), the Diplomatic Academy of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, Dr Al-Qaq is Lecturer in International Organisations at the Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO), Mexico City.

His research focuses on the politics and ideology of the United Nations, with a particularly concern for examining the rise and international politics of the organisation’s security related functions in Africa and Asia.

Dr Al-Qaq’s academic research and comment has been published in national broadsheets and journals, including recently an academic monograph on the United Nations, entitled Managing World Order: United Nations Peace Operations and the Security Agenda (London: I.B.Tauris, 2009).

Current and past academic papers and drafts can be viewed here.

Research

Research interests include: International Organisations and World Order; United Nations, Peace Operations; War, Conflict and Intervention in Africa; Emerging Powers; and US Foreign and Security Policy.  

Publications

Academic Books
  • Richard K Al-Qaq Managing World Order: United Nations Peace Operations and the Security Agenda (London: I.B. Tauris, 2009).
Chapters and Articles
  • Richard K. Al-Qaq ‘The United Nations in Africa: the rise of peacekeeping and the case of Somalia’ Readings in the International Relations of Africa (Indiana University Press), Forthcoming
  • Richard K. Al-Qaq ‘The Political Origins and Development of United Nations Peace Operations’. Currently under peer review
Open-Ed Pieces and Commentary
  • “Difícil manter a ditadura de um só partido: Richard Kareem Al-Qaq” Folha de São Paulo, page A3, 5 February 2011. OP-ED on the Arab spring
  • "Analise: Novo doutrina põe entidade em função não é a sua", Folha de São Paulo, April 6, 2011 Authors: Richard Al-Qaq. Analysis of the use of force by UN peacekeeping in the Ivory Coast, page A14, Section: World
  • "Analise: Ação da OTAN na Líbia revive espectro da Guerra Fria", Folha de São Paulo, October 23, 2011. Analysis of end of Nato's operation in Libya, page A20, Section: World.
  • "Analise: Mundo deve ter cautela para não forcar Assad a vai militar", Folha de São Paulo, August 4, 2011 Authors: Richard Al-Qaq. Analysis on Syria, page A15, Section: World.
  • "Analise: Não ha perspectiva, no momento, de que o pais se torne uma nova Líbia", Folha de São Paulo, May 31, 2012. Analysis on Syria, page A20, Section: World.
Review of Books
  • David Chandler (ed.) Statebuilding and Intervention: Policies, Practices and Paradigms in Millennium: Journal of International Studies, volume 39, number 2, December 2010, pp. 579-80.
  • Marcus Franda, The United Nations in the Twenty-First Century: Management and Reform Processes in a Troubled Organization in International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London), volume 83 number 3, 2007.
  • Adam LeBor, Complicity with Evil: the UN in the Age of Modern Genocide in International Affairs (Royal Institute of International Affairs, London), volume 83, number 2, 2007, pp.355-356.
  • Michael Barnett, Eyewitness to a Genocide: the United Nations and Rwanda in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, volume 72, number 4, 2002, p.658;
  • Paul Hare, Angola’s Last Best Chance For Peace in Africa: Journal of the International African Institute, volume 71, number 2, 2001, p.321.