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PODCAST: How to Become a Hegemon

The World Stage unpacks great power politics and how a potential hegemon can attract allies.
  • Defence
  • International economics
  • Foreign policy
  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America
  • Governance
  • Historical IR
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Dizzying Developments in International Relations

The field of International Relations is being spun around by so many theoretical turns that even researchers struggle to keep up.
  • Theory and method
  • Historical IR
  • Comparative methods
Event
12:00 - 13:45
NUPI
Engelsk
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12:00 - 13:45
NUPI
Engelsk
7. Feb 2024
Event
12:00 - 13:45
NUPI
Engelsk

Multiplicity: Take Two

What is the idea of ‘Multiplicity’? And how convincing are the claims that it can be used to overcome longstanding problems in social and international theory?

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Research project
2024 - 2026 (Ongoing)

Re-Engaging with Neighbours in a State of War and Geopolitical Tensions (RE-ENGAGE)

RE-ENGAGE’s overarching ambition is to assist the EU in refining its foreign policy toolbox, including its enlargement and neighbourhood policies. This will enhance the Union’s geopolitical leverage a...

  • Security policy
  • Regional integration
  • Foreign policy
  • Europe
  • Nation-building
  • Governance
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • Comparative methods
  • Security policy
  • Regional integration
  • Foreign policy
  • Europe
  • Nation-building
  • Governance
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • Comparative methods
Publications
Publications
Scientific article

Reflex to turn: the rise of turn-talk in International Relations

The field of International Relations (IR) is being spun around by a seemingly endless number of ‘turns’. Existing analyses of turning are few in number and predominantly concerned with the most prominent recent turns. By excavating the forgotten history of IR’s earliest turns from the 1980s and tracing the evolution of turn-talk over time, this article reveals a crucial yet overlooked internalist driver behind the phenomenon: the rise of reflexivity. Rather than emerging in the 21st century, turn-talk began at the end of the 1980s as a series of turns away from positivism and towards reflexivity. Cumulatively, this first wave of turns would denaturalise IR’s state-centric ontology while enshrining reflexivity as a canonical good among critical scholars. By the mid-1990s, however, these metatheoretical critiques of positivism had produced a substantial backlash. Charged with fostering an esoteric deconstructivism, a new generation of reflexivists set out to demonstrate the feasibility of post-positivist empirical research. As a result, IR’s turning also took on a different form from the 2000s: whereas the first wave of turns had mounted an epistemological and methodological attack against the positivist mainstream, the second wave set about bringing new ontological objects under the scrutiny of reflexivist scholars. This shift from anti-positivist to mostly intra-reflexivist turning was facilitated by the institutionalisation of critical IR as a major subfield of the discipline. It is the privileged position of reflexivity among critical IR scholars that is the condition of possibility for endless turning, accentuated by mounting pressures to demonstrate novelty in an increasingly competitive environment.

  • Historical IR
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Leonard  Seabrooke
Researchers

Leonard Seabrooke

Research Professor

Leonard Seabrooke is Professor of International Political Economy and Economic Sociology in the Department of Organization at the Copenhagen Busin...

  • International economics
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Globalisation
  • Diplomacy
  • Europe
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  • North America
  • The Nordic countries
  • Pandemics
  • Climate
  • Governance
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • United Nations
  • Comparative methods
  • International economics
  • Trade
  • International investments
  • Globalisation
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  • Europe
  • Asia
  • North America
  • The Nordic countries
  • Pandemics
  • Climate
  • Governance
  • International organizations
  • The EU
  • United Nations
  • Comparative methods
Thor Olav Iversen
Researchers

Thor Olav Iversen

Senior Researcher

Thor Olav Iversen is a development economist with rich experience in working with international affairs as both a practitioner and an academic. At...

  • Development policy
  • Peace operations
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • Historical IR
  • Development policy
  • Peace operations
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Conflict
  • Fragile states
  • International organizations
  • United Nations
  • Historical IR
Event
13:15 - 15:00
NUPI
Engelsk
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13:15 - 15:00
NUPI
Engelsk
26. May 2023
Event
13:15 - 15:00
NUPI
Engelsk

Book presentation: The Counterinsurgent Imagination

How and why counterinsurgent ideas persist, despite recurring failures?

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New research
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New research

NUPI team to take over as editors of the prestigious journal Cooperation and Conflict

“Our aim is to consolidate Cooperation and Conflict as a platform for IR scholarship that is theoretically innovative, methodologically pluralist, empirically and historically rigorous, critical in outlook yet grounded in and with implications for key mainstream debates,” says Benjamin de Carvalho.
  • Diplomacy and foreign policy
  • The Nordic countries
  • Global governance
  • Theory and method
  • Historical IR
Event
14:15 - 16:00
NUPI
Engelsk
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14:15 - 16:00
NUPI
Engelsk
14. Jun 2022
Event
14:15 - 16:00
NUPI
Engelsk

“Thinking about Unthinkability in World Politics” with Jennifer Mitzen

The NUPI Center for Historical International Politics (CHIP) invites you to a seminar where Prof. Jennifer Mitzen (Ohio State University) will present work in progress for her next book, “Thinking about Unthinkability in World Politics”.

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