Newsletter 23/10/2017

Job Opportunities

Strife is hiring!
We are a dual-format publication founded in 2012 by PhD students and researchers from the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Comprised of an academic Blog and a peer-reviewed Journal, Strife is run by postgraduate students and doctoral researchers from the School of Security Studies. From its debut in 2012, Strife has grown from 5,000 annual views to over 1.5 million unique pageviews worldwide, with an audience that spans all the inhabited continents. Included among our steady viewers are academics and practitioners in diverse fields, research institutions, journalists and media conglomerates. Strife’s thematic focus is ‘conflict’, in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. We combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to this phenomenon through blog and journal articles, as well as unique formats like photo essays, book, film, and art reviews. We aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives on all aspects of conflict, from the cultural to the practically applied. We are currently looking for outstanding individuals willing to join the Editorial Team. The positions currently available include:

Communications Manager (MA or PhD applicants)
Coordinating Editor – Journal (PhD applicants only)
Senior Editor – Journal & Blog (PhD applicants only)
Series Editors – Blog (MA or PhD applicants)
Editor – MA Representative (MA applicants)
Editor – BA Representative (BA applicants)

To apply please send your CV and a cover letter to In the subject line please state ‘Editorial Board application’ and specify the position you are applying for. The deadline for applications is 25 October.
Assistant Professorship (three positions) – War Studies
The Danish Institute for Advanced Study, University of Southern Denmark, Odense (beginning Spring/Autumn 2018)

Research in War Studies is focused on the changing character of war and its relation to peace, and the impact of modern warfare on states, societies and military organizations. Our research agenda addresses the character of modern war, innovation and adaptation in strategy and military organizations, as well as the relationship between war, peace building, and human security/rights. We seek candidates with a distinct passion for war studies capable of engaging relevant policy communities and publishing in top scholarly outlets. We encourage applications from security studies scholars typically anchored in international relations but with a multi-disciplinary profile enabling cooperation with related fields such as international law and history. This prestigious position, supported by the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies (D-IAS), should appeal to highly promising early career scholars and will provide them with attractive conditions to support their research activities.  We offer a uniquely ambitious research environment and ample research funding attached to this particular position, and, for the successful candidate, a position where options for tenure will be discussed during a third-year review.
Application guidelines can be found here. For further information please contact Prof. Sten Rynning, telephone +45 6550 2193 or email Application deadline 27 November.

Subject Experts Required For Country Reports – Single Payment Of 3,000 GBP And MoU For Future Work With Unity
Unity Resources Group is a global security risk management company delivering enterprise wide risk services in both traditional and challenging environments. We are hunting for subject experts to research and produce a report on the following countries: South Sudan, Kenya, Syria, Tajikistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Azerbaijan, and Venezuela. Each country report will be 50-70 pages and require historical, structural, and analytical content on the political, policy, security, macroeconomic, and international relations setting, including a short to medium term outlook. Country research can be provided prior to the task, and the report should be completed within two weeks. Please send a letter of interest and your resume to


Presenting at UCD School of Politics and International Relations


This Wednesday October 4th, I will be presenting my paper

From George W Bush to Donald Trump: The Exceptional Resilience of Democracy Promotion in US Political Discourse

Dr. Vincent Durac will be the discussant. Link to the abstract.

Venue: Room G316, School of Politics and International Relations, Newman Building

Time: 14:00-15.15

All very welcome!

American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2018 -Call for Papers

American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2018

Call for Papers

The forty-fourth annual conference of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association will be held at St Anne’s College, University of Oxford from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 January 2018. The keynote speaker will be Professor Marc J. Hetherington (Vanderbilt University)

There is a broad conference theme: “The US Constitutional and Political Order: Challenges and Constraints”. This can be approached in various ways, and we will also be happy to receive proposals considering subjects and material beyond this particular theme. For example, papers or panel proposals examining contemporary US political institutions or processes, foreign policy issues or political history are invited. The conference organizers would also welcome papers addressing comparative themes or relevant theoretical or methodological issues. Proposals (no more than 150 words for single papers, 300 words for panels) should be sent to Dr Clodagh Harrington ( by no later than 20 October 2017.

The APG is the leading scholarly association for the study of US politics in the UK and also has members in continental Europe and the USA. Further details about the group and its activities can be found on the APG website (


Full details of the conference will also be posted on the website. In the meantime any enquiries should be directed to Clodagh Harrington.


Dr Clodagh Harrington

Chair of the American Politics Group


Presenting at Edinburgh University

On 22nd of September I will be in wonderful Edinburgh to present a paper at the annual BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group.

First, I will be chairing this fascinating panel:

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And afterwards, I will take the stage along with some exceptional colleagues:

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Pop in if you are around!