Department of International Politics
Situated right at the heart of one of the world's greatest financial and political centres, the Department of International Politics combines world-leading research with exceptional education in international relations and international political economy.
The department has developed focused research programmes, with an emphasis on international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy, international political justice, and international political economy. It hosts two thriving think tanks, the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS)
Our students receive a top-class education that is consistently informed by cutting-edge research and delivered by internationally recognised leaders in their fields.
Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction, achieving 90% satisfaction in the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) for teaching.
Through our range of courses, students develop the knowledge and research skills to engage with the key challenges and debates that are shaping policy formation and academia in a rapidly changing world.
In 2014 the department launched BSc (Hons) International Political Economy, which is the first of its kind in the UK. City, University of London is ranked 4th in London and 22nd for international politics in the UK (Guardian University Rankings 2015).
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Professor Richard Murphy
Since 2007, the department has established strength in three core areas of research in international relations: International Political Economy, Foreign Policy & Diplomacy and International Social & Political Justice.
- Political economy and global finance
- Foreign Policy and diplomacy
- Global ethics and international human rights
- The politics of the US, the Middle East and Europe
- Security Studies
- Religion in contemporary politics
- Forced population displacement
- International development
- Global civil society and social movements
We actively engage in work that enhances both academic understanding and international policy-making through our engagement with various research networks.
- Head of Department, Professor Inderjeet Parmar is co-ordinator of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama and Chair of the British International Studies Association
- Professor Ronen Palan and Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova are members of the Global Shadow Banking Group
- Dr Amnon Aran is the academic editor of the Routledge Foreign Policy Analysis series and a member of European Association of Israel Studies’ executive Committee.
- Professor Rosemary Hollis serves on the Middle East Area Studies Advisory Panel of the British Academy
- Dr Sara Silvestri has been co-convening the Religion, Security and IR working group of the British International Studies Association since 2008. She is also founding member and Treasurer of the Religion & IR section of the International Studies Association.
- Dr Gemma Collantes Celador has been co-convening the West Balkans working group of the British International Studies Association since 2008.
The department is celebrating the confirmation of our status as an internationally excellent research-led teaching department. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 57% of our research as either 'world leading' (4* - 17%) or 'internationally excellent' (3* - 40%). Our 4* research outputs place us at 23rd position out of 56 departments and units evaluated in REF2014, ahead of many well-established departments, an excellent result. Our research environment is improving rapidly as is the impact of our research in policymaking and the media. This is the Department's first REF since we were formed just 7 years ago and represents a very solid foundation for the future.
We welcome collaborators, research partners and research students who would like to work with us on these and other issues of International Politics. We offer excellent facilities for visiting scholars and researchers.
If you would like to find out more information about becoming a visiting fellow with City, or one of the Departments Research Centres please contact our Head of Department, Professor Inderjeet Parmar or Deputy Head of Department, Dr Amnon Aran.
Dr Amnon Aran
- Dr Amnon Aran, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Florence Dafe, Lecturer
- Dr Thomas Davies, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Mark Erbel, Lecturer
- Dr Leonie Fleischmann, Lecturer
- Dr Christopher Gandrud, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Sandy Hager, Lecturer
- Dr Aggie Hirst, Lecturer
- Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor of Middle East Policy Studies
- Dr Iosif Kovras, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Alexander Lanoszka, Lecturer
- Dr Christopher McDowell, Reader
- Professor Richard Murphy, Senior Lecturer
- Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova, Professor of International Political Economy
- Dr Stefano Pagliari, Senior Lecturer
- Professor Ronen Palan, Professor of International Political Economy
- Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Professor of International Politics
- Dr Madura Rasaratnam, Lecturer
- Dr Amin Samman, Lecturer
- Dr Stefano Sgambati, Lecturer
- Dr Sara Silvestri, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Nick Srnicek, Lecturer
- Dr Robert Davies
- Dr Arthur Kilgore
- Dr Mark Ledwidge
- Dr Patrick Pinkerton
- Dr Shanaz Sumra
- Dr Martina Tazzioli
- Dr Eugenio Lilli
- Professor Photis Lysandrou
- Dr Robert Pee
- Dr Avinash Persaud
- Dr Holly Ryan
- Dr Josh Ryan-Collins
- Kristine Saevold
- Dr Marja Tiilikainen
- Dr Erla Thrandardottir.
- Professor Steven Burman
- Professor Jean-Christophe Graz, Honorary Visiting Professor
Professor Ronen Palan
The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to a wide range of professions including those in teaching, research, civil service, media communications, journalism, international organisations, NGOs, international finance and the private sector.
City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach team provides a breakdown of graduate employment statistics from the Destinations of Leavers survey, six months after graduating. Find specific statistics per course.
Graduates from the Department of International Politics have started jobs in organisations such as:
- Amnesty International, Associate Researcher/ Account Executive
- British Safety Council, Lettings Negotiator
- British Red Cross, Communication Officer
- Civitas, Market Researcher
- Edelman, Editorial Coordinator
- Embassy of Germany in France, Welfare & Housing Associate Professionals
- Emap, Journalist
- Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, Programme Manager
- New Zealand Red Cross, Research Officer
- Japan Foreign Policy Institute, Volunteer for Refugee Services
- The European, Reporter
Graduates from the Department of International Politics have gone to further study at:
- Imperial College London
- King's College London
- Oxford University, UCL
- University of Cambridge
- University of St Andrews.
The City, University of London Alumni Network offers free and lifelong membership to all former students and staff of the University - we currently have over 135,000 members worldwide and we grow every year. For more information and find representatives in your home country, visit the Alumni network.
The staff within our Department of International Politics are research active, enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Often this research and influence leads to policy change and many media appearances.
You can follow our staff’s activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics
Iosif Kovras publishes a piece on one of the key issues of the upcoming Italian referendum, the change of the electoral law. 'Italy’s prime minister wants to dramatically change the election rules. Italians should think twice' draws on the comparative experience of other European countries (primarily Greece), and Iosif and co-author, Neophytos Loizides, highlight some of the pitfalls of majoritarian systems in times of economic crisis.
CITYPERC launched of a new research project led by Professors Ronen Palan, Anastasia Nesvetailova and Richard Murphy. The project was awarded a €638.000 European Commission H2020 grant and is part of €5 million international research initiative, currently one of the biggest of its kind, that aims to discover the scale of tax revenue lost through tax avoidance and evasion across the European Union. More info is available here.
CITYPERC launched of a new research project led by Professors Ronen Palan, Anastasia Nesvetailova and Richard Murphy. The project was awarded a €1.739 million European Research Council grant, the first at City, and will focus on developing a framework to study the arbitrage power of multinational corporations through an innovative Corporate Processes and Linkages mapping methodology.
A week prior to the US Elections, CIPS organised a Panel Discussion on "Clinton vs Trump: What does American Stand For?” with speakers Mark Erbel (Chair), Inderjeet Parmar, Xenia Wickett, Daniel Kato and Ketan Patel. The event was very well attended and provoked an in-depth discussion. Take a look at the slides and discussion at Clinton vs Trump.
A two-day international Workshop was held jointly by City and LSE on “Global Elite Knowledge Networks and Anglo-American Power: Think Tanks, Foundations and Universities and the New World Order, 1940-1990”. Funded by CIPS, LSE Ideas and Princeton University, the Workshop provided a platform for exchange of ideas and knowledge, to be continued!
The New York Review of Books mentions Prof Ronen Palan’s book The Offshore World. The article, 'Panama: The Hidden Trillions', is by the former editor-in-chief at the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, about the Panama Papers leak. The digital version of the print edition is now also available, see page 33.
For the start of this academic year, we welcome our new staff:
- Dr Madura Rasaratnam, Lecturer in Comparative Politics
- Dr Alexander Lanoszka, Lecturer in Comparative Politics
- Dr Sandy Hager, Lecturer in IPE
- Dr Florence Dafe, Lecturer in IPE
- Dr Stephano Sgambati, Lecturer in IPE.
Iosif Kovras is a co-author on the Report “Mediterranean Missing: understanding the needs of families and obligations of states”, presented on BBC News on 31st August.
Inderjeet Parmar writes an article in The Conversation on the Clinton Foundation that indicates that its negative aspects, especially its corporate financial connections, may yet come to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances of defeating Donald Trump in November.
Inderjeet Parmar is interviewed on US politics, with George Galloway.
Madura Rasaratnam’s book “Tamils and the Nation: India and Sri Lanka Compared” has now been released, co-published by Hurst & Co (London) / Oxford University Press (New York).
Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed live on radio station news programme – Monocle 24: the Globalist – on the politics of Hillary Clinton’s possible selection of Elizabeth Warren as her vice presidential running mate.
Huck Magazine published an interview with Prof Inderjeet Parmar on the US elections.
Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador participated in the Reflection Group "The Western Balkans in the European Union: New Perspectives on Integration" organised by IFRI, CIFE and CFA in Paris, 30-31 May 2016, in cooperation with Sciences Po CERI, SWP, EUISS, IAI, Oiip and Erste Foundation, and with the support of the Ministry of Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, the Austrian Embassy in Paris, the Foreign Office of Germany and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France. This Forum brought together European experts working on EU integration in the Western Balkans for a reflection on the integration process in the run up to the Conference of Heads of State and Government from the Western Balkans that will be hosted by the President Francois Hollande on 4 July 2016.
Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador was shortlisted for LEaD's "Teaching in Schools: School of Arts and Social Sciences" award as part of the Learning Enhancement Awards 2016. These awards are the opportunity for City students to recognise, champion and celebrate the academic and professional services staff who have made a positive difference to their experience.
Dr Christopher McDowell (PI), Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador (CI) and PhD student Natasha de Silva (RA)'s project "From the Diasporisation to the Transnationalisation of Exile Politics: Understanding when Extremism Gives Way to Moderate Politics - the Case of Sri Lanka, 1983-2016" has been awarded funding under the ESRC/CREST (Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats)'s research call: "Understanding, Mitigating and Countering Security Threats". Only ten out of 136 applications were selected for funding. The project will be 12 months in duration, starting from September 2016 and with research taking place in the UK, Germany and Canada. While focusing on the case of Sri Lanka, the project has wider implications to the transnationalisation of conflict-related diaspora politics, particularly in conflicts with large refugee and asylum cross-border flows. For more details on the funding call, and the successful projects (including the above), please go to https://crestresearch.ac.uk/news/commissioning-call-awards-announced/
Ronen Palan was interviewed for several published articles:
- The Big Issue: Panama Papers ‘revelations’ aren’t new. And Britain is part of the problem
- The Wall Street Journal: Panama Papers: A History of Tax Evasion from Ancient Rome to the French Revolution to 19th-Century New Jersey
- The Wall Street Journal: Tax-Haven Crackdown Leads to Whack-a-Mole
Amnon Aran gives a measured, but very powerful contribution to the debate about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party on BBC2 Newsnight.
Inderjeet Parmar is cited in a new arycile on the US primaries; Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton expected to rule Northeast primaries.
Inderjeet Parmar published a piece on the US primaries as a crisis of ‘excess democracy’ and a piece on 'The American Establishment Is Sabotaging the Sanders and Trump Insurgencies' in The Wire.
Anastasia Nesvetailova published a short piece on Panamagate's effects on Putin: 'Why Vladimir Putin will hardly flinch at Panama paper cut' in The Conversation.
Sara Silvestri spoke at the Home Affairs Committee Conference on countering extremism, a high profile international conference held in Cambridge, on “Tackling Radicalisation and the Counter Extremism Strategy.”
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova joined Yanis Varoufakis in a public debate on the financial sector hosted by Class (Centre for Labour and Social Studies). The event, held at the Haberdashers Hall on the 30 March 2016, is part of the series of public discussions on New Economics convened by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
Inderjeet Parmar has also had several pieces published in The Wire: “What Lies Behind the Civil War in the GOP ”, “After Super Tuesday, Decoding What America Stands”, “ America’s ‘Little Rebellion’ Against its Political Elite is the Storm Before the Calm ” and “The American Elite’s Political Crisis”.
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova delivered a talk at the St Catharine’s Political Economy Seminar on the 24 February 2016. The event is part of a series on the Economics of Austerity run by the Cambridge Political Economy Hub at the University of Cambridge.
Amnon Aran was interviewed for the BBC World News Channel on the tentative cessation of hostilities agreement reached between the US and Russia in relation to Syria.
Gemma Collantes-Celador gave a talk on "The Fight against Corruption, Crime and Terrorism: the EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina" as part of an EU Jean Monnet funded module on "EU's Approaches to Corruption and the Crime-Terror Nexus", Aston University, Birmingham, 17 February 2016.
Ronen Palan served as an advisor to a BBC2 program on the Cayman Islands.
A study completed by Dr Sara Silvestri for the British Academy and DfID on Religion in Conflict and Peacebuilding, was released on 30th September at a closed door Workshop with BA fellows, and DfID and FCO staff. This study was specifically commissioned by DfID to use as an instrument in addressing current crises such as ISIS. Read the article
Professor Photis Lysandrou, Visiting Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, has just had an article on Syriza’s victory published in The Wire.
On 14th and 15th September 2015 the Department of International Politics hosted the BISA Working Group 10th US Foreign Policy Conference. The Keynote Roundtable addressed “US Foreign Policy in an Age of Rising Powers”, and speakers included Kelly Greenhill (Harvard/Tufts University), Thomas Oatley (University of North Carolina), Jeffrey Taliaferro (Tufts University), Gideon Rachman (Financial Times), David Dunn (University of Birmingham) and Toby Dodge (LSE).
The Department has been joined by two new members of staff:
- Dr Christopher Gandrud, Q-Step Senior Lecturer in IPE (Quantitative). He joins us from the Hertie School of Governance and will be teaching BSc modules.
- Professor Richard Murphy, whose work has focused on the area of national and international Taxation and Tax Justice. His research has been utilized by the EU and the OECD to reform global tax policy and global governance. More recently, Richard has been a key figure in shaping the economic approach of the newly elected Labour leader, Jeremey Corbyn. Richard is sometimes referred to in the media as the brain behind ‘Corbynomics’. He will support our research and will teach a second year core course in IPE, ‘Economics of the Real World’.
10th July 2015 - Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador was quoted in an article on Russia’s veto of the UN Security Council Srebrenica genocide resolution, published by the Slovak Daily Pravda.
Professor Ronen Palan and Sandra Halperin are co-editors of the publication “Legacies of Empire”:
*Professor Richard Murphy, whose work has focused on the area of national and international Taxation and Tax Justice, has joined the Department of International Politics as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy. His research has been utilized by the EU and the OECD to reform global tax policy and global governance. More recently, Richard has been a key figure in shaping the economic approach of the newly elected Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Richard is sometimes referred to in the media as the brain behind ‘Corbynomics’. He will support our research and will teach a second year core course in IPE, ‘Economics of the Real World’ Read more.
On 8th June 2015, the Department of International Politics organised jointly with the BISA South East Europe Working Group and the Centre for International Policy Studies, a PhD Networking Event. This brought together PhD students working on issues related to South East Europe and beyond, allowing emerging scholars to network and meet others in a similar field, or those working on different themes/fields but with a general interest in South East Europe, thus establishing possible collaborative links for the future. The event also integrated a session on academic writing and publishing, which was presented by established academics.
"Why Sanctions Against Putin Aren’t Working" - Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova analyses the situation in Newsweek.
On 15 June 2015 the Department of International Politics hosted the BISA NGO Working Group’s Workshop on ‘NGOs in Global Governance’, where representatives from NGOs including Amnesty International, Family for Every Child and BOND discussed contemporary challenges for the sector with an international line-up of academics. The workshop was organised by Dr Erla Thrandardottir and Dr Thomas Davies presented. Reports are available at http://duckofminerva.com/2015/06/fostering-partnerships-between-academics-and-ngos.html and at http://duckofminerva.com/2015/06/fostering-partnerships-between-academics-and-ngos.html.
The BISA Environment Working Group’s workshop on ‘International Relations and the Earth: Environment, Global Politics, Disciplinarity’ was hosted by the Department of International Politics on 15-16 June 2015.
SMCSRGCity’s Dr Thomas Davies, Dr Holly Ryan and Dr Alejandro Pena organised on 16 June 2015 the international workshop on ‘Protest, Social Movements, and Global Democracy since 2011’, part of the British International Studies Association’s 40th anniversary celebrations. The programme is provided at http://www.bisa.ac.uk/files/Conference%20programmes/2015/3__Workshop_programme.pdf. A special issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change on the topic will be published in 2016 – details at http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=6137.
Dr Anush Kapadia has reviewed Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the twenty-first century. This is part of a book symposium hosted by a new, open-source anthro journal called Hau. You can find the whole symposium, including his response, here: http://www.haujournal.org/index.php/hau/issue/view/14
Professor Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed via Skype by France24 on President Hollande’s visit to Cuba, the first by a French Head of State in 100 years, and the first western Head of State visit since the US-Cuba thaw. The points discussed were:
- Internal change in Cuba’s politics-ideology
- US thaw and ‘normalisation’
- Scramble for Cuba – EU, China, Caribbean – all way ahead of the US
- France sees way open to develop political, economic and scientific relations
- Possibilities of France, US, EU building a new strategic frame for Caribbean/Latin America, reassertion of western power.
11 May 2015 – Professor Inderjeet Parmar analyses the UK election: http://thewire.in/category/external-affairs/world/
Dr Anush Kapadia has written an opinion piece for India's main news site on the General Elections 2015 "If Westminster Can Give Up Powers, Why Can 't Delhi?"
The department held a British General Election roundtable event held at on the 30th April 2015 with Head of Department of International Politics Professor Inderjeet Parmar, Dr Amnon Aran, Professor Rosemary Hollis, Professor Ronen Palan, Dr Robert Davies and Stuart Hooper.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed by China International Radio at the beginning of April: “How will the AIIB change the global financial order?”
On 2nd April, 2015, Neil James Wilson, a Visiting Lecturer at City, comments in The Conversation on the Kenya attack.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar from International Politics at City was interviewed together with Professor Yang Jun Seok from Economics, Catholic University, by South Korean Radio, for eFM Primetime. The political and economics’ experts discussed the issues of the AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank) which has been making the headlines for some time. Countries like the UK and France have already decided to join the institution, and the Korean government has said it would decide during March whether to join the AIIB or not. Many seem to agree that joining the institution would greatly boost the economy, but there still are concerns, about, such as, the structure of the institution itself and, of course, about how it might hurt Korea’s relationship with the US.
Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed at King’s War Studies department in early March. Available to listen on SoundCloud.
Following a media analysis sent by the International Politics Department after the Israeli elections, Amnon Aran was approached by the Financial Times to participate in their analysis series. Available to view here.
Dr Holly Ryan (Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Research Fellow) will be taking up a postdoctoral position at the Crick Centre, University of Sheffield from 2nd February 2015. She will be leading the Centre's 'Politics, Art and Expression' research strand, with a project exploring arts participation and civic engagement.
Dr Amnon Aran has been invited to give a lecture on "Israel and the peace process in the wake of the Arab uprisings" at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 2nd February, 2015.
Professor Ronen Palan featured in a piece on Eutopia Magazine, published on 5 January 2015.
Dr Sara Silvestri, an expert of Muslim communities in Europe, was interviewed by Sky News (broadcast 8 Jan 2015) and authored an editorial for the Conversation, commenting on the terrorist attacks against the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo.
On the 11th December, the department ran a Panel Event called "Legacies of World War 1". The speakers were Inderjeet Parmar, Rosemary Hollis and Thomas Davies, and the chair was Gemma Collantes-Cellador. The debate can be accessed online.
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova featured in a Radio piece by Ashley Hull, "Russian Currency Strife Prompts Economic Crisis", broadcast on ABC News on 17 December 2014.
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova gave an interview to Paul Mason on the evening broadcast of Channel 4 News (16 December 2014) about the falling rouble, plunging oil prices and Putin's credibility at home. Watch here.
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova spoke at the "Crisis and Shifting Economic Management" section of "Assessing Change in Economic Management, Welfare, Work and Democracy", the first meeting of the ESRC Seminar Series Understanding the Post-Crisis Landscape (15 December 2014, University of Birmingham).
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova debated James Meadway, Senior Economist at the New Economics Foundation, at the Rethinking Economics seminar on "Shadow Banking and the Next Crisis" (1 December 2014).
On 19th November 2014, the Department of International Politics organised jointly with the BISA South East Europe Working Group and the Centre for International Policy Studies, a Roundtable Event to discuss “The EU and the Western Balkans – What will be the Future of this Relationship?”. Speakers were: Dr Ana Omaljev (University of Reading), Dr James Dawson (UCL), Dr James Ker-Lindsay (LSE), Ms Lucy Maizels (FCO) and Dr Will Bartlett (LSE).
Professor Inderjeet Parmar spoke at the US Embassy in London on Friday 14 November about the Foreign Policy Challenges facing the Barack Obama Administrations since 2008 and the reasons why Obama failed to take advantage of favourable conditions for a radical shift in US foreign policy after the disastrous years of President George W. Bush.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar also gave 2 lectures on "Realism and International Politics" and "American Hegemony and International Relations", at the Centre for Security Policy at the University of Geneva, 21 October 2014.
Dr Amnon Aran gave an interview on 18 November 2014 to Radio 5 at 14:00 on the attack on a Synagogue in Jerusalem on that same day.
Dr Amnon Aran gave a media interview to MediaCorp Asia on the deadlocked negotiations between the West and Iran at 12:00 on 25 November 2014.
A workshop took place on Transnational Muslim Marriages (10-11 Nov 2014) co-organised with Dr Marja Tiilikainen (Helsinki University), who will be a Visiting Fellow in City's Department of International Politics. She will be working with Dr Sara Silvestri, until 2016.
Dr. Thomas Davies published his book 'NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society' this month in hardback by Oxford University Press.
Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador attended as a reception as part of the Foreign Commonwealth Office activities for the British Bosnia and Herzegovina Fellowship Programme. This is a 3 week fellowship programme for 20 aspiring leaders from business, government, politics, media and civil society from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The aim is to expose them to the UK political system, including how policy is made and delivered in a devolved system of government.
Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador gave a talk on 21 November 2014 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) about her work on the International Criminal Court. This was part of their funded project on "Cosmopolitanism and Constitutionalism in International Society. Cosmopolitan and Constitutionalist Proposals for Global Governance". It is funded by the Spanish National R&D Plan.
Dr. Amnon Arron's book 'Israeli Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War' is due to be published by Cambridge University Press. Amnon represented a chapter of his book in the Staff Research Seminar on 19 November 2014.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed in TV by Islam Channel on the controversial new UK counter-terrorism powers (24 Nov 2014).
Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed for an article on The Guardian, "Luxembourg and Juncker under pressure over tax deals" (6th November 2014).
Dr Amnon Aran was involved in a radio debate with - amongst others - former Russian Deputy Foreign Minister on Radio Sputnik. Read the transcript here. http://sputniknews.com/radio_red_line/20141129/1015287025.html
Joseph Hoover has been granted an appointment as a visiting scholar at the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago in Spring 2015.
Anastasia Nesvetailova was promoted to Professor.
A panel discussion on Democratic Transitions in Eastern Europe took place on 22 October 2014. The event was in partnership with the Jagiellonian University (Centre for Political Thought and London Polish Research Centre) and sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The panel, featured Prof. Alex Szczerbiak (Sussex), Prof. George Gomori (Cambridge) and Dr Thomas Davies (City). It was chaired by Prof.Arkady Rzegocki (Jiagiellonian) and Dr Sara Silvestri (City). The event was highly successful and attracted a large audience, both from within City and from across London.
On 30 October 2014, the department held a very successful Careers event, where seven of our alumni were invited back to talk to current students about how they got into their first job after graduating. The room was packed with students eager to learn from the experiences of our former students and each went away with a very positive message; to start early, get active about something that interests them, and persevere.
On 29 October 2014, the Department of International Politics welcomed Ambassador David Mulford to give a talk on his new book 'Packing for India. A Life of Action in Global Finance and Diplomacy'. Ambassador David Mulford is currently Vice Chairman International of Credit Suisse. He rejoined Credit Suisse in March 2009 after spending five years as US Ambassador to India. In his presentation and following Q&A, Ambassador Mulford discussed his experience as US Ambassador to India and the numerous experiences that have preceded the appointment in the world of international finance.
A new report on Religion and Development Post-2015 was published by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); it is based on a UNFPA consultation with faith-based organisations which was convened in New York, in May 2014, in collaboration with Dr Sara Silvestri and co-sponsored by City University London.
The Canadian paper La Presse interviewed Dr Sara Silvestri in relation to international responses to terrorist attacks (25 Oct 2014).
The Singapore based international television news station Channel NewsAsia interviewed live Dr Sara Silvestri on the Vatican Synod on the Family (14 October 2014).
'The roles of religion in foreign policy' is the title of a project that Dr Sara Silvestri (City) and her research partner Prof.Peter Mandaville (George Mason University) jointly coordinated in 2014. The project is co-sponsored by their respective institutions and by a British Council grant; it also involves the support of DFID and the FCO. The project produced a series of closed-doors and public engagement meetings at Wilton Park, Chatham House, and Brookings Institution. It also led to a collaboration with the UN Population Fund for a consultation on Religion and Development Post-2015, whose results were published in a UNFPA report in September 2014.
Seven new students enrolled into the Doctoral programme on 30 September 2014. They have arrived at City with strong CV's and original research proposals spanning the fields of diaspora politics and conflict, Islamism, US foreign policy, cosmopolitanism and education, and various aspects of international political economy.
Dr Gemma Collantes Celador published an article in The Conversation on 15 September 2014, titled 'Iraq needs more than firepower to survive Islamic State's onslaught'.
Dr Sara Silvestri,Religion and Politics specialist, was appointed trustee of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice (September 2014).
Dr Amnon Aran was appointed as co-editor (with Chris Alden, LSE) for Routledge's Foreign Policy Analysis series.
Dr Gemma Collantes-Celador published an article titled 'Iraq needs more than firepower to survive Islamic State's onslaught' in The Conversation.
Dr Joe Hoover was appointed as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University for spring 2015.
Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed on The Daily Dose on Thailand's Voice TV.
Professor Ronen Palan was featured in the Harold Crooks' new documentary The Price We Pay, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5th.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed on Muslim radicalisation and British counter-terrorism for Channel One Russia.
was published online in the journal Social Movement Studies.
Dr Thomas Davies was appointed as an associate editor at Voluntaristics Review.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed on radicalisation and Muslims in Britain by the National Polish Radio 1, on 23 July and on 26 August.
Dr Thomas Davies was appointed as a Fellow to the Royal Historical Society.
On 14 July 2014 Dr Thomas Davies provided the keynote public lecture at the international conference on 'Transnational Actors in War and Peace' at Memorial University, Canada.
Professor Ronen Palan debated economist Bridget Rosewell over the economic impact and global role of the City of London on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight with Philippa Thomas. The interview featured in episode 'Airliner Hit From Rebel Area - Obama' (at 34'), broadcast on Friday 18th at 22:30. Dr Stefano Pagliari's "Europe between financial repression and regulatory capture" (with Shahin Vallée and Éric Monnet) was published as Bruegel Working Paper No 2014/08.
Dr Thomas Davies' article on "The failure of strategic nonviolent action in Bahrain, Egypt, Libya and Syria: 'political ju-jitsu' in reverse" was published online in the journal Global Change, Peace and Security.
Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova was invited to speak at the House of Commons as a panellist for "Making Money Work for People and Planet", an event organised as part of the People's Parliament discussion series hosted by John McDonnell MP.
BBC Afrique interviewed Dr Sara Silvestri on the British strategy against radicalisation for its daily news bulletin (mins 38-41), on 24 June 2014.
Dr Sara Silvestri participated in a live LBC radio interview on anti-Semitism and its implications for the future of the French right wing party Front National (11 June 2014).
The second Gallup-Anna Lindh Foundation report on Intercultural Trends was launched in Krakow on 6 June 2014. Dr Sara Silvestri, who is one of the authors of the report, and a member of the scientific committee that devised the poll, presented her findings at the Nations and Stereotypes Conference in Krakow.
Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova's article "The Evolution of Nowhere Banking" appeared in the latest issue of Risk and Regulation, published by CARR, the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at LSE (No. 27, Spring 2014).
Professor Ronen Palan featured in Zhao Yan's article "Destinations of China's Nouveau Riche Capital: How Money Gets Hidden Uncovers the Veil of Tax Havens", published in the 21-27 March issue of Time Weekly on the occasion of the launch of How Money Gets Hidden [Qián shì rúhé bèi cángqilai de], the 2014 Chinese edition of Professor Palan's Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works (2009, with Richard Murphy and Christian Chavagneux).
Professor Ronen Palan gave an extended TV interview on episode 74 of RT show Going Underground ("Redefining privacy, CCTV obsession & 'corruption' in the City", broadcast on the 7th May) about the City's global financial power as an interlinked offshore centre and tax haven.
Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova, published in Roubini Global Monitor, "The Sanctions Against Russia Do Bite: But Are They Having Their Intended Impact?" and in the Financial Times, "Making non-western payment system in Russia".
Dr Sara Silvestri featured in the French weekly Le Point, article "United Kingdom: the new fald-back headquarters of the Muslim Brothers", 3 April 2014.
Professor Rosemary Hollis' comment piece 'David Cameron's Muslim Brotherhood inquiry could well backfire', was published in the Guardian, Comment is free, 2 April 2014.
The Department of International Politics and Centre for International Policy Studies co-hosted a workshop on religion migration and public policy in collaboration with BISA working group on Religion, Security & IR convened by Dr Silvestri on the 2 April 2013.
Dr Joseph Hoover's article, 'Moral Practices: Assigning Responsibility in the International Criminal Court' was published in Law and Contemporary Problems.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar delivered a lecture on 'Race, Elitism and Empire in Anglo-American Wars from Korea to the War on Terror', at the University of Ottawa, 24 March.
Dr Thomas Davies monograph NGOs: A New History of Transnational Civil Society (Hurst) was published in December 2013 - the book launch was hosted at City University London on 12 March 2014. Publisher's website
Professor Rosemary Hollis was one of the expert panelists for Al Jazeera's 'Head to Head' programme with Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat, recorded at the Oxford Union and broadcast in March 2014.
Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova's article "Shadow banking, or why black holes are important in the global financial system", on Open Democracy on 27 February 2014.
Professor Rosemary Hollis gave the David Davies Memorial Institute Annual Lecture at Aberystwyth University on the subject of 'Britain and the Palestine Question 1914-2014'.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave a guest lecture on Muslim women in Europe at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium on 12 February 2014.
Dr Sara Silvestri was a participant in a public discussion on 'European and US Approaches to Religion in Foreign Policy: Responses to the Arab Uprisings and Beyond' hosted by Chatham House on 11 February 2014.
Chatham House hosted a public discussion on 'European and US Approaches to Religion in Foreign Policy: Responses to the Arab Uprisings and Beyond'. Featuring inter alia (City University London) and Professor Mandaville (George Mason University), the panel was part of the ongoing project that the two academics are conducting as part of their 'Bridging Voices' British Council award on The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy. Held on 11 February 2014.
Dr Sara Silvestri (with Prof Peter Mandaville, George Mason University) organised a conference on "Religion, foreign policy and development: making better policy to make a bigger difference", held on 5-7 February 2014 in association with Wilton Park, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and The Department of International Development, with support provided by George Mason University, City University London and The British Council. The report from the conference is available online.
Professor Rosemary Hollis gave evidence to the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee at a one-off session on 'Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Prospects for 2014'.
Professor Rosemary Hollis gave the keynote speech at an International Area Studies Conference at Edinburgh University on '25 Years of Revolution: Comparing revolt and transition from Europe 1989 to the Arab World in 2014' and addressed a meeting convened by the Worcester-Palestine Friendship Society, on the subject of 'The Palestinian Issue: How did it come to this?'.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed by Channel News Asia on the Vatican's response to child abuse, 16 January 2014.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar's co-edited volume (with Mark Ledwidge and Kevern Verney) "Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America" (Routledge 2014) was published.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar gave a lecture at Princeton titled "Power Shifts: How the World Copes With Imperial Power Transitions", Friday 17 January 2014.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed by Russian TV Channel One on British counter-terrorism experiences in the context of a report on the ongoing Duma debates about increasing counter-terrorism powers in Russia (broadcast 15 Jan 2014).
Professor Rosemary Hollis presented a paper on 'Britain and the Palestinian Question' at the '2nd Annual Conference of Research Centers of the Arab World' in Doha. The paper will be published in a collected volume on 'Europe and the Palestinian Question' in 2014.
Professor Rosemary Hollis gave a talk on 'Britain's Role in the Middle East' at the Royal Holloway and 'TEAM' 6th Form Politics Conference on 'Challenges and Opportunities for Britain in the 21st Century'.
Dr Amon Aran participated in a roundtable on "Advancing Israel-Palestine Peace: Current Negotiations and Future Prospects" hosted by the Royal United Services Institute, Thursday 5 December 2013.
Dr Amnon Aran was interviewed by CNN International for a segment on the sanctions on Iran : their history and impact on the Gulf.
Dr Sara Silvestri's article No point in knee-jerk burqa ban after suspect has bolted was published at The Conversation.
Dr Thomas Davies' article 'Educational internationalism, universal human rights, and international organisation: International Relations in the thought and practice of Robert Owen' was published online in Review of International Studies on 29 October 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave a seminar on her ongoing research 'What place for religion in the European Union?' at King's College London on 30 Oct 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri spoke on jihadism and engaging with the Taliban at the Democracy Forum seminar on the future of Afghanistan held at SOAS on 21 Oct 2013.
On 17 and 18 October 2013, the Department of International Politics at City University London, in association with the Centre for International Policy Studies, hosted an international interdisciplinary workshop on NGOs in World Politics: New Directions for Research, which brought together more than thirty participants from universities in ten countries and the policy sector.
Dr Thomas Davies provided the opening seminar of the research seminar series on international organizations held at CERI / Sciences Po in Paris on 3 October 2013. He spoke on International Organizations from a Transnational Perspective.
Dr Sara Silvestri commented on Christian conversions to Islam for RT TV.
Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed for Bloomberg Television's The Pulse on 27 September 2013, examining how the rich seek to avoid taxes in off-shore accounts as European governments begin to target athletes with professional footballer Lionel Messi being accused by Spain of evading payment on $5.7 million in taxes.
On 27 September the documentary movie, "The UK Gold", produced and directed by the campaigning journalist Mark Donne was screened at City University London as part of the 2013/2014 student's induction week. The movie examines the UK's lamentable record in the tax avoidance industry, zeroing in on the unsavoury role played by the City of London and its institutions - not just in this country, but in far more desperate international territories too. Following the screening there was a discussion between students with a panel of City experts on the subject of elite power and abuse, the panel included the movie director, Mark Donne, Professor Rosemary Hollis, Dr. Joe Hoover and Professor Ronen Palan.
Dr Joe Hoover's article "Towards a politics for human rights: Ambiguous humanity and democratizing rights" was published in Philosophy & Social Criticism. A pre-press version (open access) is also available for download.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave a radio interview to BBC London on 13 September 2013 regarding the recent case of a Muslim woman allowed to take part in her London trial wearing the face veil.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed on 20 September 2013 for Italy's Oltre Radio on the Syrian crisis with a focus on the role Islamism and sectarian divides in the civil war.
Dr Stefano Pagliari's article Leveraged Interests: Financial Industry Power and the Role of Private Sector Coalitions (with Dr Kevin Young) was published in Review of International Political Economy.
Dr Stefano Pagliari's article Regulating finance: the Political Economy of Unfinished Reform was published in World Politics Review.
Ms Hannah Petersen was interviewed on 7 August 2013 by City University Perspectives on the increased use of fracking, she also contributed a comment piece titled "Will the fracking revolution be short-lived?"
Dr Sara Silvestri gave an interview to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire on 28 August discussing the implications of military intervention in Syria.
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed for the Croatian newspaper Vcernji Iist on August 5 for an article on the growing Sunnia and Shia divide.
Dr Sara Silvestri published in column, "Both Sides Act as in the Mubarak Era", in the Croatian newspaper Vcernji Iist on August 16 about the situation in Egypt.
Dr Stefano Pagliari's chapter The Wall-Street Main Street Nexus in Financial Regulation: Business Coalitions Inside and Outside the Financial Sector in the Regulation of OTC Derivatives (with Dr Kevin Young) was published in the edited volume (with Dr Kevin Young) Great Expectations, Slow Transformations: Incremental change in financial governance.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar gave a plenary lecture to Harry Frank Guggenheim alumni grantees at their meeting at Pembroke College, Cambridge, on 14 July 2013, based on his book, "Foundations of the American Century" (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2012).
Professor Rosemary Hollis recently chaired a panel on whether it is too late for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the panel included Jimmy Carter, Maati Aatissari and Lakhdar Brahimi. She also authored a piece on the event for "The Conversation".
On 24 July 2013 the British Council and Luce Foundation awarded Dr Sara Silvestri and Professor Peter Mandaville (George Mason University) a joint "Bridging Voices" grant for two transatlantic dialogues on religion in international affairs. To be held in London and Washington in 2014, the workshops will bring together leading international scholars and policy makers in an effort to identify where and how religion is significant to various domains and sectors within contemporary international relations and foreign policymaking. Find out more about Bridging Voices.
Dr Sara Silvestri was a contributor in "Hide and Tweet", a documentary on racism produced by young film makers from Interact. The screening of this documentary opened the New Voice's Festival in St John's, Bethnal Green, London, on 11 July 2013.
Dr Joe Hoover was interviewed on 24 June 2013 by City University Perspectives on the Bradley Manning trial, he also contributed a comment piece titled "Whistleblowers, Wikileaks and how politics corrupts the law".
Dr Amnon Aran was interviewed on the BBC International News channel on 14 June 2013 regarding the US decision to arm the Syrian rebels.
Dr Amnon Aran was interviewed by Canal 24 in France on 9 June 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave an invited presentation at the New York University workshop Understanding the New Europe: Immigration on 12 June 2013.
Dr Aggie Hirst's book "Leo Strauss and the Invasion of Iraq: Encountering the Abyss" was published by Routledge.
Dr Amnon Aran participated in a private roundtable on the prospects for conflict stabilisation in Syria held at The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) on 31 May 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave an interview on multiculturalism for Italy's RAI Radio 1's programme "Tra Cielo e Terra" on 19 May 2013.
Dr Joe Hoover was awarded a pump-priming research grant by City University London for his project "Claiming a human right to housing: global social movements and local resistance".
Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed for a Bloomberg piece called "Offshore Tax Havens in Spotlight After 200-Year History", by Jeremy Hodges, 3 May 2013.
Professor Ronen Palan gave a presentation at the "Securing Domestic and Foreign Tax in Africa: What role for the G8?" seminar organised by the Africa All Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Commons on 13 May 2013. Professor Palan provided a summary of recent research on tax evasion and avoidance from the continent, and on the sort of action that can be taken by the G8 to stop such abuse in the future.
Dr Joe Hoover's article "Rereading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Plurality and Contestation, Not Consensus" was published in the Journal of Human Rights. A pre-press version (open access) is also available for download.
Professor Ronen Palan was quoted in the Voice of America article "Report: Tax Havens Cost Africa $38 Billion a Year".
Dr Sara Silvestri spoke at a "community question time" event at the Regent Park Mosque on 25 April 2013.
Dr Thomas Davies co-authored an article with Alejandro Pena titled 'Globalisation from above? Corporate social responsibility, the Workers' Party and the origins of the World Social Forum', published in New Political Economy.
Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed by Paul Waldi of The Global and Mail, Toronto, for the article "Cash-strapped governments take aim at tax havens".
Dr Thomas Davies presented on the topic of NGOs and democracy, development and peace at the Uniting for Peace conference at Wesley's Chapel, London, on 20 April 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri was a guest speaker at the House of Lords for a public discussion event titled "Representation and Reality", organised by the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.
Professor Inderjeet Parmar has been awarded a Research Fellowship at Princeton from September 2013 to June 2014. He will be working with the Empires Research Community at the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies.
Dr Sara Silvestri was an invited speaker at a panel discussion on "Security in the Mediterranean" at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy, on 13 March 2013.
Professor Rosemary Hollis wrote an article for the Huffington Post titled "Saving Syria is more important than winning the war".
Professor Inderjeet Parmar gave a talk to officials at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the topic "American Power Today". The talk was part of a training program for officials about to be posted to Washington DC.
Dr Sara Silvestri was a participant in a panel discussion on Muslim radicalisation for Voice of Russia Radio, broadcast on 27 February 2013.
Dr Sara Silvestri gave an invited lecture on "Islam in the EU" at the University of Leuven.
Dr Gemma Collantes Celador gave at talk with Mr Tobias Flessenkemper at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science titled "Police reform in Bosnia & Herzegovina - what went wrong?"
Dr Sara Silvestri was interviewed by Claudio Gallo for an article on Pope Benedict's resignation in the Italian daily La Stampa, (17 February, p.12). Read the full version of the interview in English on La Stampa's website.
Professor Rosemary Hollis appeared on Radio 4's Today Programme for an exchange with Sir Malcolm Rifkind on the question "Is it time to arm Syria?"
Professor Rosemary Hollis gave evidence to the House of Commons before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on 29 January on the topic of "The UK's Relations with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain".
The Department's research strategy has led to the establishment of two research centres:
- The City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) under the directorship of Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova,
- The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) under the co directorship of Dr Amnon Aran and Professor Inderjeet Parmar.
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