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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at SOAS Department of Politics and International Studies

The Department of Politics and International Studies at SOAS, University of London, is accepting applications from candidates for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. Innovative and theoretically-grounded projects in the Politics of Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East; International Relations Theory and Global Politics; Conflict, Rights and Justice; Comparative Political Thought; Energy Security; Migration and Diaspora…

Iran’s Window for Nuclear Diplomacy Closing

Although attention in the West remains focused on Iran’s nuclear program, talk among the Iranian elite has already turned toward Iranian presidential elections that could have a major impact on the current diplomatic impasse and the Islamic Republic’s relations with the United States. On a just-concluded visit to Tehran, I talked to dozens of current…

Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Political Economy

Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Political Economy (IPE) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but candidates with significant expertise in Asia, Africa and/or the Middle East, including an…

Vacancies in the Politics Department: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in International Relations

Lecturer salary: £32,558-£46,471 p.a inclusive of London Allowance Senior Lecturer/Reader salary: £48,075-£55,367 p.a inclusive of London Allowance The Department of Politics and International Studies seeks to make an appointment in International Relations (IR) from September 2013. Particular subfield is open, but the Department has needs in Foreign Policy Analysis, Environmental Politics, and/or Quantitative Methods. Candidates…

Justice without Lawyers: Rwanda’s Gacaca Courts phenomenon

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In June 2012, Rwanda completed the most comprehensive post-conflict justice programme attempted anywhere in the world. Over the last decade, 11,000 community-based Gacaca courts, overseen by locally-elected judges and barring any participation by lawyers, have prosecuted around 400,000 suspected perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. Nearly every Rwandan adult has participated in Gacaca in some way,…

Is the International Criminal Court Following the Flag in Mali?

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  Only five days after the French launched a military attack on Islamic militants in Mali’s Northern region, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda opened a formal investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali. This decision reinforces the ICC’s emerging (if informal) role as an instrument of coercive diplomacy. Bensouda’s words suggest the same. “Justice” she writes, “can play…

Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar speak on Torture, Drones and Detention

The following is an audio recording of a joint book talk held on 16 January 2013. Laleh Khalili and Lisa Hajjar recently published their Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgenciesand Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights, respectively. The event was held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and featured a…

WWF drones raise serious questions for international security

We are currently bearing witness to great changes in international security. Gone are the days of state monopoly over internal and external security agencies. State policing and military agencies are now serving alongside a variety of global, regional, and subnational security providers. The latest to join this mix of non-state actors is the World Wildlife…

Farid Boudjellal: An Algerian Exception

Sixteen years after the French conquest in 1830, unlike Morocco and Tunisia, Algerian independence from France was achieved 50 years ago. Self-determination occurred after a gruesome and bloody war lasting eight years until 1962, the year in which over a million Français d’Algérie (French Algerians or Pied-Noirs) fled the ountry. Among them were indigenous Jews and Muslim…

Exciting doctoral studentships at SOAS

Dear colleagues, The Department of Politics at SOAS (University of London) is pleased to announce several PhD studentships in 2013. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the Department was rated in the Top 10 for Politics, with special expertise in International Politics and the politics of South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia,…