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Research and teaching at the Chair for International Relations focus on some of the most important current developments in world politics, with a particular focus on the Global South. The thematic foci of the Chair include the role of so-called emerging powers in global governance, (trans-)regional security dynamics in the Global South as well as the impact of populism and authoritarianism on international politics.

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Below you'll find the latest news, publications and events from the Chair of International Relations. To view all news click here!

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On June 4, Dr. Julia Gurol was accepted as a member of the Young Academy of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. Further information here

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New Publications from Tim Zajontz:

Zajontz, Tim (2022). ‘”Win-win” contested: negotiating the privatisation of Africa’s Freedom Railway with the “Chinese of today”‘, Journal of Modern African Studies. Further Information can be found here.

Chiyemura, Frangton, Gambino, Elisa and Tim Zajontz (2022). ‘Infrastructure and the politics of African state agency: shaping the Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa’, Chinese Political Science Review, Further Information can be found here

Zajontz, Tim (2022). ‘Debt, distress, dispossession: towards a critical political economy of Africa’s financial dependency’, Review of African Political Economy. Further Information can be found here.  

Carmody, Pádraig, Taylor, Ian and Zajontz, Tim (2022). ‘China’s Spatial Fix and “Debt Diplomacy” in Africa: Constraining Belt or Road to Economic Transformation?’, Canadian Journal of African Studies. Further Information can be found here.  

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New article: Gurol, Julia, Zumbrägel, Tobias & Demmelhuber, Thomas (2022). 'Elite Networks and the Transregional Dimension of Authoritarianism: Sino-Emirati Relations in Times of a Global Pandemic'. Journal of Contemporary China. Further information can be found here

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From March, 1 onwards, Prof. Dr. Destradi will be a visiting fellow at the European University Institute Florence until September, 30. 

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Dr. Julia Gurol published her first book, "The EU-China Security Paradox" with Bristol University Press on January 6, 2022. Congratulations!

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New publication: "Beyond the Duality of Normativity and Pragmatism: A Practice-Based Reading of European and Chinese Foreign Policy" von Dr. Julia Gurol & Dr. Andreas Grimmel (Europakolleg Hamburg). Further information can be found here.

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A Careers Evening with the topic r"The EU as an employe" will be held at the Chair for International Relations. We are looking forward to your participation! For further information click here.

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The Chair warmly welcomes Dr. Tim Zajontz as a new research associate to the chair.

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Together with David Cadier and Johannes Plagemann, Sandra Destradi has published a new article on “Populism and Foreign Policy: a Research Agenda” with Comparative European Politics. Link to the article: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41295-021-00255-4.

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New project: On October 1, a new DFG-funded project on “Populist Discourses on COVID-19 in the Global South” starts at the Chair, led by Sandra Destradi and coordinated by Julia Gurol. Together with project partners from the Global South, we analyse populist narratives on the global pandemic and its reproduction and contestation in five countries in the Global South (Brazil, Mexico, Israel, India and Turkey).

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18 September 2021: Julia Durol participates in the DAVO congress in Osnabrück and presents a paper on the reproduction and contestation of narratives of supremacy in Sino-Gulf relations as well as the paper “The COVID-19 Temptation? Sino–Gulf Relations and Autocratic Linkages in Times of a Global Pandemic” (together with Thomas Demmelhuber and Tobias Zumbrägel)

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Julia Gurol was elected to the EPICUR Advisory Board of the University of Freiburg as an early career advisor in July 2021

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Jürgen Rüland has published the article "Covid-19 and ASEAN: Strenghening State-centrism, Eroding Inclusiveness, Testing Cohesion" in "The International Spectator" verfasst. The article is now online.

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6-9 April 2021: Prof. Destradi takes part in the International Studies Association Annual Convention and presents two papers on populism and international politics. She also serves as a chair on a panel on South Asia.

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From 1 April 2021, Prof. Destradi will serve as a Dean of Studies, Faculty of Humanities.

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15 March 2021: Prof. Destradi serves as a discussant of Angelos Chryssogelos’ presentation at the seminar „Democracy, Populism and Changes in Foreign Policy“ at the VU Centre for Interdisciplinary European Studies (VICES), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (online).

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5 March 2021: Prof. Destradi participates in the workshop „Study of Populism in IR” at the Univesity of Warwick (online) and presents the paper “Populism and the Politicization of Foreign Policy” (ao-authors Johannes Plagemann und Hakkı Taş)

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The Chair of International Relations is looking for at research fellow for the DFG-funded project ‘Populism and Foreign Policy’. Further information can be found here: https://uni-freiburg.de/university/jobs/00001484/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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