International Politics
International Politics

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).

Research

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.

Our expertise

  • 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

Research networks

We actively engage in work that enhances both academic understanding and international policy-making through our engagement with various research networks.

REF 2014

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.

Work with us

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.

Research students

Amnon Aran

Dr Amnon Aran

Staff

Head of Department

All staff (including Course Directors)

Visiting Lecturers

Honorary Visiting Research Fellows

  • 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.

Honorary Visiting Professors

Portrait of Ronen Palan

Professor Ronen Palan

Graduate destinations

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.

Graduate employment statistics

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.

Graduate job destinations

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

Further study

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.

Alumni network

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.

Our academics in the media

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

News from 2017

October 2017

Prof Anastasia Nesvetailova, Juvaria Jafri and Dr Hannah Petersen represented City University with a booth and a speech first at the YSI Youth Festival of Economic Thinking, and at the INET Annual Conference, both in Edinburgh.

Dr Leonie Fleischmann has been awarded a Research Fellowship and Research Grant with the International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington D.C. for a project on Israeli and Palestinian civil resistance.

Professor Richard Murphy has joined a project to improve tax reporting standards for global firms, see here.

Dr Iosif Kovras has published his book with Cambridge University Press Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice: The Families of the Disappeared, Cambridge University Press)

Dr Alexander Lanoszka – his book manuscript, tentatively titled "Atomic Assurance: The Politics of Extended Deterrence", has won a contract with Cornell University Press.  Alexander also published an Op-Ed for the EastWest Institute on why a European nuclear deterrent would be a Pandora’s box of uncomfortable policy questions.

Inderjeet Parmar has been appointed as a columnist for the American Herald Tribune, and also as a REF Advisor for the Department of Politics and IR, University of Kent.  Inderjeet continues to contribute regularly to the media coverage of Trump and his political impact.

September 2017

At the start of this new academic year, we are pleased to welcome our new Lecturers: Koen Slootmaeckers, David Blunt, Mustafa Kutlay and Or Rosenboim

Inderjeet Parmar is interviewed on CNN Money discussing issues on the GOP’s split on funding Hurricane Harvey recovery, exposing a rift between GOP philosophy and actual real world needs of American people; and the latest on the North Korean crisis

Inderjeet Parmar is interviewed on CNBC discussing the Trump-Democrats debt-ceiling deal and its meaning and significance.  He suggests this will basically further undermine GOP, build Trump legitimacy, and is likely to undermine Democrats should they compromise on corporate taxes, healthcare, immigration, especially if they shift to the Right. If so, this will further deepen the alienation of American electorate from main parties and increase political volatility

Inderjeet Parmar is interviewed on CNN as the UN General Assembly hosts ca 200 world Heads of State and others, and President Trump looks to make his first UN address. Inderjeet argues that, despite the likely America First tough talk, beneath the rhetoric is a President more or less completely under the sway of the US foreign policy establishment

August 2017

Inderjeet Parmar is interviewed on CNN on the racialized class politics of the Trump administration in wake of Arpaio pardon

Professor Richard Murphy joins project to improve tax reporting standards for global firms, see here

Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed by CNN on Trump’s sympathising position towards neo-nazis and its possible significance for US and world politics.

Inderjeet Parmar publishes an article on Trump’s race card as his administration spirals into (deeper) crisis in The Wire

July 2017

Inderjeet Parmar has been interviewed on Trump and the participation of the USA at G20 by CNN and also interviewed for Inside Story, appearing on Al Jazeera.

Trump is only a partial outlier – He's a By-Product of the American Liberal Establishment: listen here

On Trump and Russia - interviewed on CNN

Trump, Spicer, Sessions and Russia: CNN Interview with George Howell

CNN Interview on Trump Administration

June 2017

Anastasia Nesvetailova is pleased to announce that the Department of International Politics is celebrating the first graduation of BSc International Political Economy students at City.  Many congratulations to all!  The students have finished with stellar performance with 15% overall distinctions, and a Dissertation Prize awarded to Alexander Padhaiski.

Alexander Lanoszka penned an op-ed earlier this month for The Conversation titled “When it comes to foreign and defence policy, Trump’s US is more about continuity than change”. The link is here

Inderjeet Parmar was invited to act as an External examiner for a PhD thesis at Columbia University, New York, 12 June.

May 2017

Alexander Lanoszka and co-author Michael Hunzeker carried out fieldwork in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as part of a research project on behalf of the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute. This project examines how the U.S. Army can work with NATO and local partners to generate security in the Baltic region.

Sara Silvestri talked on Migration Research at the Pintofscience festival in Cambridge: https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/three-ways-of-understanding-migration.

An article by Sara Silvestri was published in a prominent newspaper in Chile: read here

Amnon Aran was interviewed by News Corp Asia on the visit by Donald Trump to Israel.

Tom Davies gave a public lecture on the history of NGOs (entitled ‘The history of international NGOs: questioning our assumptions’) on 22 May 2017 at the Netherlands’ foremost humanities research institute’, the Huygens Institute of Netherlands History.

Inderjeet Parmar has been involved in the media, participating in a variety of panel discussions and interviews:

  • Keynote lecture at the University of York, 4 May, on “American foundations and world order in the age of Trump” Plenary lecture at University College, Dublin (6 May), on “The US elite’s legitimacy crisis and the rise of Donald Trump”, at a major conference on Trump’s America.
  • Numerous media interviews on US and UK politics on CNN, Al Jazeera, RT, CNBC, and BBC, as well as several columns for The Wire. Published 2 research articles in International Politics journal, and co-edited the special issue of that journal on Elites and American Power.
  • Panellist on a Sputnik (Edinburgh) programme on Julian Assange: see here
  • Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed on Talk Radio on the politics and history of external interference in national elections in the wake of the French election.
  • Interview on BBC world news regarding Trump saving of FBI director Comey: see here
  • Article on James Comey’s firing in The Wire by Inderjeet Parmar: read here
  • Participated in a LINK CrossTalk on Comey Dismissal: watch here
  • Interview on CNN, on the attempts to work out what the Democrats are doing: watch here
  • Discussed how the democrats and GOP are disciplining, managing, and destabilising the Trump administration’s foreign policy: in The Wire
  • Article published in The Wire on his analysis thus far of the various investigations etc, surrounding the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia:
  • Discussion - The Russian connection appears to be a red herring serving the Democratic and Republican parties’ purposes of disciplining the White House and providing pseudo-dramas for the news-hungry media: In the Wire
  • April 2017

    Dr Sara Silvestri (International Politics) did interviews with various international publications, following the European Court of Justice ruling religious dress in the workplace and the Westminster attack. They include an editorial for the Conversation on the unprecedented ECJ ruling on religious symbols and an interview PBS.

    Sara participated in a live panel discussion on the London attacks, British counter terrorism & Muslim communities in the UK for the Swiss national radio (Italian speaking) programme called 'Modem' and published an article in a Brazilian magazine on the same topic.

    Sara has accepted a position as an adviser for the USAID Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (USAID/CMM) to consider the thematic evaluation focused on religion and peace building.

    Professor Richard Murphy (International Politics) spoke to multiple media on a variety of tax-related topics, notably ITV News for an-depth look at Google’s UK tax affairs.

    Professor Inderjeet Parmar (International Politics) continued his commentary on the presidency of Donald Trump with regional BBC radio interviews and a TV interview on BBC Newsroom Live. He publishes a regular column in The Wire on US politics and has appeared on CNN, BBC radio, TalkRadio, Sputnik, Al Jazeera; he is also coordinating a new international research group on the Trump Presidency.

    Anastasia Nesvetailova was invited to join the panel of advisers to the newly launched Commission on Economic Justice. The Commission, launched by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), is a two-year programme will examine the challenges facing the economy and make practical recommendations for its reform.

    Ronen Palan was invited by the Research Council of Norway to serve as an expert on a referee panel that will be evaluating the discipline of political science in Norway. This is the Norwegian equivalent of the REF. In addition, the fourth edition of his co-authored book with Christian Chacagneux, Les Paradis Fiscaux, Paris: Le Decouvrte, was published last month.

    Alexander Lanoszka participated in a Chatham House event as a panellist on a forum regarding Donald Trump and nuclear weapons on 6 April 2017. He has also contributed an article to a forum at the journal Contemporary Security Policy that addresses concerns that many observers have of President-elect Trump relating to what he would do with alliances like NATO and US nuclear weapons policy. He argues that despite all the bluster we should expect more continuity than change in how the United States provides extended nuclear deterrence to its treaty allies. and the essay is accessible at

    March 2017

    There have been a number of events organised by CIPS (Centre for International Policy Studies) during March.

    6th March 2017 – A public lecture on “Accountability after economic crisis: lessons from Iceland” was given by guest speak Ólafur Hauksson, District Prosecutor in Iceland, and chaired by Iosif Kovras.

    13th March 2017Alexander Lanoszka invited co-authors Austin Long and Brendan Green to present their book “Clandestine capabilities and deterrence in world politics” in a lecture chaired by SASS Dean and Professor of War Studies, Theo Farrell.

    22nd March 2017 – Jerry Cohen, Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, talked on “RMB Internationalization: a Conflict of Statecrafts” together Ronen Palan.

    Amnon Aran was invited as an expert to a closed roundtable on 22 March, briefing the Minister of State, Rory Stewart OBE, and DFID senior officials.

    27th March 2017Madura Rasaratnam took part in a panel discussion on “After settlement: the evolution of settler conflicts in Israel-Palestine, Cyprus and Sri Lanka” with guest speakers Oded Haklai, Neophytos Loizides and Evan Liaras.

    News from 2016

    November 2016

    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!

    LSE Ideas and City held a joint Workshop on Global Elite Knowledge Networks and Anglo-American Power: Think Tanks, Foundations and Universities and the New World Order, 1940–1990. Participants from several international institutions participated in the 2-day workshop.

    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, which can be heard here.

    Alexander Lanoszka - I am very happy to announce that my International Security article, co-written with Keren Yarhi-Milo (Princeton) and Zack Cooper (CSIS), is now finally available online. Our article examines how major powers decide on whether to provide arms transfers and alliance commitments to client states, potential and actual. Using primary documents collected at various repositories in the United States, it contains case studies on American foreign relations with Israel (1960s-73) and Taiwan (1950s-70s). The piece has implications for thinking about why the Obama administration has relied much more on arms transfers than its predecessors; and how the incoming Trump administration might go about adjusting some American alliances.

    October 2016

    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.

    September 2016

    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 Stephano Sgambati, Lecturer in IPE.

    Sara Silvestri - On 26 September Dr Silvestri was among a few experts invited by the European Commission, to speak at the conference ‘Addressing Radical Ideologies and Violent Extremism: the role of research’. Organised by DG Research, this conference aimed at assisting the EU in identifying new areas of investigation in this field that the EU should fund in the near future.

    August 2016

    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.

    July 2016

    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).

    June 2016

    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.

    May 2016

    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/

    April 2016

    Ronen Palan was interviewed for several published articles:

    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.

    Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed by the HUCK magazine and provided information on their 'Idiot’s guide to U.S. primary season 2016'.

    Inderjeet Parmar published 'Racial and imperial thinking in international theory and politics: Truman, Attlee and the Korean War' in BJPIR.

    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.”

    March 2016

    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 wrote a piece for Fortune on 'Super Tuesday Just Redefined American Politics'.

    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”.

    February 2016

    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.

    Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova has chaired a public debate with Lord Adair Turner in the context of his new book Between Debt and the Devil. The event was held on the 10th February 2016 at NEF.

    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.

    January 2016

    Inderjeet Parmar’s interview with Deborah Doane on the Zuckerberg and other US foundations, is cited in the Guardian.

    Inderjeet Parmar gaves his analysis of Obama's time in office in a City News article.

    Ronen Palan served as an advisor to a BBC2 program on the Cayman Islands.

    News from 2015

    October 2015

    Professor Ronen Palan writes the Foreword in the new edition of “States and Markets” by Susan Strange (Bloomsbury, 2015, ISBN 9781474236928)

    Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova was interviewed on CNN as a member of the Economic Advisory Panel to the Labour Party, concerning Corbyn’s opposition to austerity. Watch the interview on CNN.

    September 2015

    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 Anastasia Nesvetailova has been appointed as Member to the Labour Party’s Economic Advisory Panel.

    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).

    Read Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova’s article 'Unravelling Russia's Offshore Financial Nexus' featured in the FT.

    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’.

    July 2015

    Dr Thomas Davies was interviewed for open Democracy on ‘learning from social movement failures’. Read the interview here.

    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.

    June 2015

    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

    May 2015

    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?"

    April 2015

    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.

    March 2015

    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.

    February 2015

    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.

    Dr Ronen Palan gave an interview for an article in Vice magazine.

    January 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.

    News from 2014

    December 2014

    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 published a piece on The Conversation about the current banking crisis in Russia and the fragility of Putin's political-economic model (23 December 2014).

    Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova gave a TV interview on CNBC, broadcast on 22 December 2014, where she explained why the Russian oil crash is rapidly turning into a banking crisis.

    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).

    November 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

    October 2014

    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).

    September 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 was interviewed twice by Voice of Russia, on the UK strategy towards ISIS fighters (1st September 2014), and on British Jihadis returning to the UK (6th September 2014).

    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.

    August 2014

    Dr Holly Ryan's article'Affect's Effects: Considering Art-Activism and the 2001 Crisis in Argentina'

    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.

    July 2014

    Dr Thomas Davies was appointed as a Fellow to the Royal Historical Society.

    Dr Alejandro Pena, who completed his PhD in the Department of International Politics in 2013, has been appointed to a permanent lectureship at the University of York.

    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.

    June 2014

    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).

    May 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.

    April 2014

    Professor Ronen Palan published "Tout a débuté en septembre 1957..." (in French), on Alternatives économiques hors-série, n° 101 (Mondialisation et Démondialisation), April 2014.

    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".

    The Department of International Politics and the LUISS School of Government in Italy are hosting an advanced one-week Summer School in Rome, Italy the 23-28th June 2014.

    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.

    March 2014

    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.

    February 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 accepted an invitation to serve on the Advisory Board of Religion News Service.

    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.

    January 2014

    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?'.

    Professor Inderjeet Parmar was interviewed by Russia Today's Latin American section on the power of US foundations, based on his book Foundations of the American Century.

    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).

    News from 2013

    December 2013

    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 Sara Silvestri was appointed to the editorial board of the British Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.

    November 2013

    Dr Amnon Aran was interviewed by CNN International for a segment on the sanctions on Iran : their history and impact on the Gulf.

    October 2013

    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.

    September 2013

    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 Aggie Hirst's article "Violence, Self-authorship and the 'Death of God': The 'Traps' of the Messianic and the Tragic" was published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

    Dr Aggie Hirst edited a special forum with Nicholas Michelsen on 'International Relations and the "Death of God"' for Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

    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.

    Ms Hannah Petersen wrote an article for The Conversation titled "As US shale industry falters, a UK fracking boom is unlikely".

    Dr Sara Silvestri wrote an article for The Conversation titled "Britain does not need a French-style burqa ban".

    Dr Christopher McDowell was interviewed for a Swissinfo.ch article titled "Refugee Repatriations: When going home becomes a nightmare" by Luigi Jorio, 11 September 2013.

    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 17 September 2013 for Italy's Radio Radicale on the burqa and multiculturalism in Britain.

    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 Sara Silvestri was interviewed on 22 September 2013 for the Sunday Programme on BBC Radio 4 on the burqa debate in Europe and the implication of the recent developments in Britain.

    Dr Joe Hoover was interviewed for Weekly Zaman UK on 2 September about the reasons and consequences of a potential military intervention in Syria.

    August 2013

    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.

    July 2013

    Professor Ronen Palan was interviewed by National Public Radio for an article titled "Are Things Too Cozy In London's 'City' Within A City?".

    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.

    The "Immanent Frame" programme of the US Social Sciences Research Council asked Dr Sara Silvestri to comment for on the US State Department creation of an office for engaging religion.

    The Edgar Graham Book Prize 2013 has been awarded to Dr Chris McDowell's book (authored with Olivia Bennett), "Displaced: The Human Cost of Development, published by Palgrave in 2012.

    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.

    June 2013

    Professor Ronen Palan appeared in The UK Gold, a documentary about offshore tax havens, which had its world premiere at the East End Film Festival in London on 26 June 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.

    May 2013

    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 Inderjeet Parmar's book, "Foundations of the American Century", was reviewed in The Hindu newspaper, based in Chennai, India, on 21 May 2013.

    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".

    April 2013

    Dr Sara Silvestri spoke at a "community question time" event at the Regent Park Mosque on 25 April 2013.

    Professor Ronen Palan's work on the 'second British empire' was cited by Nick Shaxon in a Vanity Fair feature "A Tale of Two Londons".

    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.

    March 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.

    February 2013

    Professor Ronen Palan's work on the history of tax havens and the rise of the 'second British empire' featured in the Economist special issue, Offshore Finance.

    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.

    January 2013

    Dr Tom Davies published an article titled "NGOs: A Long and Turbulent History in The Global Journal.

    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".

    Research CITYPERC and CIPS

    The Department's research strategy has led to the establishment of two research centres:


    Publications

    Academics from the Department of International Politics recently published work:

    Why Eurodeterrent Will Not Work - Alexander Lanoszka

    Protest, Social Movements and Global Democracy since 2011: New Perspectives - Thomas Davies

    History of Transnational Voluntary Associations: A Critical Multidisciplinary Review - Thomas Davies

    Les Paradis Fiscaux, 4th edition - Christian Chavagneux and Ronen Palan

    Foreign Policy Analysis: New approaches - Chris Alden and Amnon Aran

    Grassroots Activism and the Evolution of Transitional Justice - Iosif Kovras


    City Research Online (CRO) publications

    Kovras, I., McDaid, S. & Hjalmarsson, R. (2017). Truth Commissions after Economic Crises: Political Learning or Blame Game?. Political Studies, doi: 10.1177/0032321717706902

    Parmar, I. (2017). “The US-led liberal order – global management of change through coercion and elite incorporation, not an embrace of diversity or equality”. International Affairs,

    Parmar, I. (2017). Corporate Foundations and Ideology. In: G. Baars & A. Spicer (Eds.), The Corporation. (pp. 434-447). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781139681025

    Hall, J., Kovras, I., Stefanovic, D. & Loizides, N. (2017). Exposure to Violence and Attitudes Towards Transitional Justice. Political Psychology, doi: 10.1111/pops.12412

    Ben Attia, F., Brian, T., Heiermann, A. C., Grant, S., Jarvis, C., Kovras, I., Laczko, F., Mirto, G., Polychroni, K., Robins, S., Singleton, A. & Shaiah, A. (2017). Missing Migrants in the Mediterranean : Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis Summary report. Mediterranean Missing.

    Parmar, I. (2017). The Legitimacy Crisis of the U.S. Elite and the Rise of Donald Trump. Insight Turkey, 19(3), pp. 9-22. doi: 10.25253/99.2017193.01

    Silvestri, S. (2016). Misperceptions of the 'Muslim Diaspora'. Current History, 115(784), pp. 319-321.

    Kovras, I. & Robins, S. (2016). Death as the border: Managing missing migrants and unidentified bodies at the EU's Mediterranean frontier. Political Geography, 55, pp. 40-49. doi: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2016.05.003

    Parmar, I. (2016). Racial and Imperial Thinking in International Theory and Politics: Truman, Attlee and the Korean War. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(2), pp. 351-369. doi: 10.1177/1369148115613657

    Parmar, I. (2016). Carnegie and the Racial Order. Diplomatic History, 40(2), pp. 362-363. doi: 10.1093/dh/dhv060

    Samman, A. (2016). Conjuring the spirit of multilateralism: Histories of crisis management during the ‘great credit crash’. Review of International Studies, 42(2), pp. 227-246. doi: 10.1017/S0260210515000133

    Ben Attia, F., Brian, T., Heiermann, A. C., Grant, S., Jarvis, C., Kovras, I., Laczko, F., Mirto, G., Polychroni, K., Robins, S., Singleton, A. & Shaiah, A. (2016). ‘Like a part of a puzzle which is missing’: The impact on families of a relative missing in migration across the Mediterranean. Mediterranean Missing.

    Ben Attia, F., Brian, T., Heiermann, A. C., Grant, S., Jarvis, C., Kovras, I., Laczko, F., Mirto, G., Polychroni, K., Robins, S., Singleton, A. & Shaiah, A. (2016). Missing Migrants: Management of Dead Bodies in Lesbos. Mediterranrean Missing.

    Ben Attia, F., Brian, T., Heiermann, A. C., Grant, S., Jarvis, C., Kovras, I., Lazcko, F., Mirto, G., Polychroni, K., Robins, S., Singleton, A. & Shaiah, A. (2016). Missing Migrants: Management of Dead Bodies in Sicily. Mediterranean Missing.

    Hill, C., Silvestri, S. & Cetin, E. (2016). Migration and the challenges of Italian multiculturalism. Italian Politics, 31(1), pp. 225-242. doi: 10.3167/ip.2016.310114

    Samman, A. (2016). The specter of capital. Journal of Cultural Economy, 9(1), pp. 108-114. doi: 10.1080/17530350.2015.1100650

    Ledwidge, M. & Parmar, I. (2015). Conceptualising and Historicising the US Foreign Policy Establishment in a Racialised Class Structure. International Politics,

    Parmar, I. & Ledwidge, M. (2015). ... ‘a foundation-hatched black’: Obama, the US Establishment, and Foreign Policy. International Politics,

    Parmar, I. (2015). The "Big 3" Foundations and American Global Power. American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 74(4), pp. 676-703. doi: 10.1111/ajes.12115

    Silvestri, S. & Mayall, J. (2015). The Role of Religion in Conflict and Peacebuilding. UK: British Academy.

    Mandaville, P. & Silvestri, S. (2015). Integrating religious engagement into diplomacy: challenges and opportunities. Issues in Governance Studies, 67, pp. 1-13.

    Parmar, I. (2015). The US asserts itself with Cuba thaw. World Review,

    Samman, A. (2015). Crisis theory and the historical imagination. Review of International Political Economy, 22(5), pp. 966-995. doi: 10.1080/09692290.2015.1011682

    Samman, A. (2015). Introduction: Money's other worlds. Finance and Society, 1(2), pp. 23-26. doi: 10.2218/finsoc.v1i2.1382

    Samman, A., Coombs, N. & Cameron, A. (2015). For a post-disciplinary study of finance and society. Finance & Society, 1(1), pp. 1-5. doi: 10.2218/finsoc.v1i1.1366

    Silvestri, S. (2014). Religion and Social Cohesion at the Heart of the Intercultural Debate. Anna Lindh Foundation.

    Parmar, I. (2014). Obama, wikileaks, and American power. In: Obama and the World: New Directions in US Foreign Policy. (pp. 243-257). Routledge. ISBN 780415715232

    Aran, A. (2014). Israel’s foreign policy towards the PLO and its location on the cusp: From coherence to incoherence? In: M. Herzog & P. Robins (Eds.), The Role, Position and Agency of Cusp States in International Relations (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics). (pp. 97-110). Oxford, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780415707176

    Kovras, I. & Loizides, N. (2014). The greek debt crisis and Southern Europe: Majoritarian pitfalls?. Comparative Politics, 47(1), pp. 1-20. doi: 10.5129/001041514813623164

    Aran, A. & Ginat, R. (2014). Revisiting Egyptian Foreign Policy towards Israel under Mubarak: From Cold Peace to Strategic Peace. The Journal of Strategic Studies, 37(4), pp. 556-583. doi: 10.1080/01402390.2014.923766

    Samman, A. (2014). Making financial history: The crisis of 2008 and the return of the past. Millennium: journal of international studies, 42(2), pp. 309-330. doi: 10.1177/0305829813511866

    Parmar, I. (2014). American Power and Philanthropic Warfare: From the War to End All Wars to the Democratic Peace. Global Society, 28(1), pp. 54-69. doi: 10.1080/13600826.2013.848187

    Kovras, I. (2013). Explaining Prolonged Silences in Transitional Justice: The Disappeared in Cyprus and Spain. Comparative Political Studies, 46(6), pp. 730-756. doi: 10.1177/0010414012463879

    Parmar, I. (2013). The 'knowledge politics' of democratic peace theory. International Politics, 50(2), pp. 231-256. doi: 10.1057/ip.2013.4

    Kovras, I. & Loizides, N. (2012). Protracted Stalemates and Conflict Intervention: Policy (Un)Learning and the Cyprus-EU Debacle. Ethnopolitics, 11(4), pp. 406-423. doi: 10.1080/17449057.2012.697653

    Aran, A. (2012). Israel and the Arab Uprisings: A Provisional Analsysis. RUSI Journal, 157(5), pp. 56-61. doi: 10.1080/03071847.2012.733113

    Andronikidou, A. & Kovras, I. (2012). Cultures of Rioting and Anti-Systemic Politics in Southern Europe. West European Politics, 35(4), pp. 707-725. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2012.682342

    Nickels, H., Thomas, L., Hickman, M. & Silvestri, S. (2012). Constructing ‘Suspect’ Communities and Britishness: Mapping British Press Coverage of Irish and Muslim Communities, 1974-2007. European Journal of Communication, 27(2), pp. 135-151. doi: 10.1177/0267323112445604

    Aran, A. (2012). Arbitrating the Israeli-Palestinian territorial dispute: A riposte. International Politics, 49(3), pp. 388-391. doi: 10.1057/ip.2012.2

    Hickman, M. J., Thomas, L., Nickels, H. C. & Silvestri, S. (2012). Social cohesion and the notion of 'suspect communities': A study of the experiences and impacts of being 'suspect' for Irish communities and Muslim communities in Britain. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 5(1), pp. 89-106. doi: 10.1080/17539153.2012.659915

    Ireton, K. & Kovras, I. (2012). Non-apologies and prolonged silences in post-conflict settings: The case of post-colonial Cyprus. Time and Society, 21(1), pp. 71-88. doi: 10.1177/0961463X11431338

    Kovras, I. (2012). De-linkage processes and grassroots movements in transitional justice. Cooperation and Conflict, 47(1), pp. 88-105. doi: 10.1177/0010836711434477

    Aran, A. (2012). Containment and territorial transnational actors: Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas. International Affairs, 88(4), pp. 835-855. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2012.01104.x

    Parmar, I. (2012). Foundation Networks and American Hegemony. European Journal of American Studies, 7(1), doi: 10.4000/ejas.9476

    Samman, A. (2012). The 1930s as black mirror: Visions of historical repetition in the global financial press, 2007-2009. Journal of Cultural Economy, 5(2), pp. 213-229. doi: 10.1080/17530350.2012.660792

    Aran, A. (2011). Foreign policy and globalization theory: The case of Israel. International Politics, 48(6), pp. 707-730. doi: 10.1057/ip.2011.26

    Kovras, I. & Loizides, N. (2011). Delaying truth recovery for missing persons. Nations and Nationalism, 17(3), pp. 520-539. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2009.00437.x

    Hickman, M., Thomas, L., Silvestri, S. & Nickels, H. (2011). "Suspect Communities?" Counter-terrorism policy, the press, and the impact on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain. London: London Metropolitan University.

    Parmar, I. (2011). American power and identities in the age of Obama. International Politics, 48(2-3), pp. 153-163. doi: 10.1057/ip.2011.10

    Kovras, I. (2011). The UN’s moral responsibility in the ‘spill-over’ of genocide from Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 19(1), pp. 145-163. doi: 10.3366/ajicl.2011.0007

    Samman, A. (2011). History in finance and fiction in history. economic sociology_the european electronic newsletter, 12(3), pp. 26-34.

    Samman, A. (2011). The idea of crisis. Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies, 4(1), pp. 4-9.

    Silvestri, S. (2009). Unveiled Issues: Reflections from a Comparative Pilot Study on Europe's Muslim Women (Report No. CUTP/005). London, UK: Department of International Politics, City University London, ISSN 2052-1898.

    Parmar, I. (2009). Foreign policy fusion: Liberal interventionists, conservative nationalists and neoconservatives - The new alliance dominating the US foreign policy establishment. International Politics, 46(2-3), doi: 10.1057/ip.2008.47

    Samman, A. (2008). Imagining East Asia. Naked Punch Review, 10, pp. 74-81.

    Samman, A. & Seabrooke, L. International Political Economy. In: X. Guillaume & P. Bilgin (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology. . UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780415732253

    Silvestri, S., Hill, C. & Cetin, E. Migration and the challenges of Italian multiculturalism. In: M. Carbone & S. Piattoni (Eds.), Politica in Italia/ Italian Politics yearbook. . Berghahn Books.

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