Annette Freyberg-Inan is a generalist in Political Science and International Relations, with particular expertise on theoretical and methodological terrain. Her research spans International Relations and International Political Economy, European integration and EU enlargement, transitions in Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey, and political protest. She teaches in the fields of International/World Politics, European Politics, Political Theory, Political Psychology, and Social Science Methodology.
After obtaining her PhD from the University of Georgia, USA in 1998, she worked until 2003 in Bucharest, Romania as a Visiting Faculty Fellow for the Civic Education Project (CEP) and Consultant for the United Nations Resident Coordinator System. In 2003 she joined the University of Amsterdam. In 2013 she took up a chair in International Relations at the University of Darmstadt, followed by a research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2015 she is again teaching and researching at the University of Amsterdam. Since April 2017 she is also dean of its Graduate School of Social Sciences.
Annette Freyberg-Inan has been vice-president of the International Studies Association, chair of its Theory Section, and held a range of other officerships in the International Studies Association and the Central and Eastern European International Studies Association. She has been an editor of the Romanian Journal of Society and Politics and the Journal of International Relations and Development, is currently co-editing the European Journal of International Relations, and serves on a range of advisory boards.
Religious Minorities in Turkey: Alevi, Armenians, and Syriacs and the Struggle to Desecuritize Religious Freedom, Annette Freyberg-Inan, Mehmet Bardakçi, Christoph Giesel, and Olaf Leisse (Palgrave, 2017)
This book considers the key issue of Turkey’s treatment of minorities in relation to its complex paths of both European integration and domestic and international reorientation. The expectations of Turkey’s EU and other international counterparts, as well as important domestic demands, have pushed Turkey to broaden the rights of religious and other minorities. More recently a turn towards autocratic government is rolling back some earlier achievements. This book shows how these broader processes affect the lives of three important religious groups in Turkey: the Alevi as a large Muslim community and the Christian communities of Armenians and Syriacs. Drawing on a wealth of original data and extensive fieldwork, the authors compare and explain improvements, set-backs, and lingering concerns for Turkey’s religious minorities and identify important challenges for Turkey’s future democratic development and European path. The book will appeal to students and scholars in the fields of minority politics, contemporary Turkish politics, and religion and politics.
This edited volume offers a systematic evaluation of how knowledge is produced by scholarly research into International Relations. The contributors explore three key questions: To what extent is scientific progress and accumulation of knowledge possible? What are the different accounts of how this process takes place? And what are the dominant critiques of these understandings? It is the first publication to survey the full range of perspectives available for evaluating scientific progress as well as dominant critiques of scientism. In its second part, the volume applies this range of perspectives to the research program on the democratic peace. It shows what we gain by accommodating and enabling dialogue among the full range of epistemological approaches. The contributors elaborate and defend the epistemological position of sociable pluralism as one that seeks to build bridges between soft positivism, critical theory, and critical realism. The underlying idea is that if the differences between the various approaches used by different communities of researchers can be understood more clearly, this will facilitate meaningful cross-cutting communication, dialogue, and debate and thereby enable us to address real-world problems more effectively. This timely and original work will be of great interest to advanced-level students and scholars dealing with philosophy of science and methodological questions in International Relations.
This volume provides an up-to-date overview of relations between the EU and Turkey. Is Turkish EU membership still a realistic option today? How has this relationship evolved so far, and with what benefits for both sides? What are currently the main challenges to closer relations and cooperation? In a series of recently written contributions experts explain the core themes in EU-Turkish relations today. The resulting overall picture is one of ambivalence: Turkey and the EU have grown together in important ways, and both sides have benefited from this process. However, the process is neither linear nor irreversible, we find increasing tensions in this relationship, and it appears impossible at this time to predict how EU-Turkish relations will evolve even in the near future.
Since the 1980s, the discipline of International Relations has seen a series of disputes over its foundations. However, there has been one core concept that, although addressed in various guises, had never been explicitly and systematically engaged with in these debates: the human. This volume is the first to address comprehensively the topic of the human in world politics. It comprises cutting-edge accounts by leading scholars of how the human is (or is not) theorized across the entire range of IR theories, old and new. The authors provide a solid foundation for future debates about how, why, and to which ends the human has been or must (not) be built into our theories, and systematically lay out the implications of such moves for how we come to see world politics and humanity's role within it.
‘Human Beings in International Relations is a theoretical treasure trove. Jacobi and Freyberg-Inan make us aware of a remarkable variety of theoretical perspectives on ‘thinking the human’. They make those perspectives resonate with or contradict each other, unburying many research paths that must have been there all along, but still await our analysis.’ Stefano Guzzini - Danish Institute for International Studies, Uppsala University and Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro
‘Talk of 'human nature', once common in international theory and international studies, has been much less prominent in recent decades. But thinking about the category of 'the human' can never be too foreign to any account of social life, and international affairs are no exception. This remarkable volume foregrounds both the extent to which our existing theoretical tools are interwoven with assumptions about human nature, and makes possible a series of considerations reaching beyond those assumptions.’ Patrick Thaddeus Jackson - Associate Dean, School of International Service, American University, Washington DC
'It is a collection that accomplishes to a large extent what the editors Jacobi and Freyberg-Inan in their introduction promise to deliver: 'a comprehensive, balanced, open-minded, and up-to-date study of the human element, its relation to world politics, and our ways of producing knowledge about them.' Asli Calkivik, International Studies Review
This volume draws on the work of international scholars from diverse perspectives to provide a timely, focused debate on the future of realist theory in international relations. Part I presents novel contributions to realist theory building, including suggested elaborations of Mearsheimer's offensive realist variant, a reconsideration of the role of revisionism in structural realist theory, a bridge to the English School of international relations, and a critique of trends in realist theorizing since the end of the Cold War. In part II, structural and neoclassical realists provide empirical analyses of foreign policy behavior, the role of geopolitics, and the grand strategies of major powers. The chapters in part III assess the viability of theways forward for realism from realist, critical, and feminist perspectives. This tightly integrated intellectual exchange presents a transnational overview of the evolution and potential future of the realist paradigm. The volume editors conclude with an assessment of the current state of realism and suggest ways for the debate to progress.
"This volume brings together some of the most interesting theoretical discussions the field has seen on realism in a number of years... the book provides the best overview of contemporary discourse on realism. The authors and editors break new ground and move beyond the old shibboleths. All those interested in the future of realism and whether (and how) it can move forward will want to read this book." -- John A. Vasquez, University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign
"All those who think that realism is an exhausted topic should take this book as antidote. Unusually balanced and varied, Rethinking Realism in International Relations unites realists and critics alike for pushing realism outside the beaten path." -- Stefano Guzzini, Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen & Uppsala University , Sweden
How can democracy be learned? And how successful are we at teaching and learning it? This book does three things: First, it explains why civic education is important for the growth and survival of (any type of) democracy. Second, it focuses on a particular country, which is in many ways representative for the general problems of post-communist transition to democracy. It carefully examines the practical reality of civic education in Romania both at the level of general schooling and in higher education. Emphasis lies on the ways in which the ideals of civic education clash with post-communist realities and on the obstacles that continue to exist in this transition country to the democratic empowerment of citizens through education. Scarcity of resources, corruption in many forms, and attitudes of deference to authority, among other problems, perpetuate a situation in which education fails to support democratization and instead reflects the failures of regimes of the past. Third, the book offers concrete recommendations for how civic education in Romania (and elsewhere) can be improved. How can education be organized to successfully support the realization of democratic ideals? This book is based on its main author's direct experience working in the field of civic education in Romania between 1999 and 2005 and draws on her wider expertise in the study of Romanian political economy and the country's European integration as well as in the fields of political psychology and democratic theory. It is of particular interest for teachers and social scientists willing to reflect on the implications of their teaching or research for democratic empowerment, forpolicymakers and activists who seek tosupport processes of democratization, as well as for students of post-communist transition countries in general and of Romania in particular. It provides an accessible, informative, and frequently humorous account of lofty ideals clashing with harsh realities on the battlefield of democratic emancipation.
A critical look at the image of human nature that underlies the realist theory of international relations
The realist theory of international relations is based on a particularly gloomy set of assumptions about universal human motives. Believing people to be essentially asocial, selfish, and untrustworthy, realism counsels a politics of distrust and competition in the international arena. What Moves Man subjects realism to a broad and deep critique. Freyberg-Inan argues, first, that realist psychology is incomplete and suffers from a pessimistic bias. Second, she explains how this bias systematically undermines both realist scholarship and efforts to promote internationalcooperation and peace. Third, she argues that realism's bias has a tendency to function as a self-fulfilling prophecy: itnurtures and promotes the very behaviors it assumes predominate human nature. Freyberg-Inan concludes by suggesting how a broader and more complex view of human motivation would deliver more complete explanations of international behavior, reduce the risk of bias, and better promote practical progress in the conduct of international affairs.
"This is the best treatment of realism I have seen from an interdisciplinary standpoint. It borrows from philosophy, psychology, history, and elsewhere to provide a comprehensive assessment of realism as an interpretation of human nature and international relations." - Patrick James, author of International Relations and Scientific Progress: Structural Realism Reconsidered
"Freyberg-Inan is able to place the major historical works and the more recent literature in a much broader philosophical and scientific context. I don't know of a better overall critique of realism." - William O. Chittick, author of American Foreign Policy: History, Substance, and Process
“The Education Skills Trap in a Dependent Market Economy: Romania's Case in the 2000s,” with Silvana Tarlea, Communist and Post-Communist Studies 51/1, March 2018, pp. 49-61; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2018.01.003
“Wir sind die Universität! Die Proteste auf Europas Campussen im gesellschaftlichen Kontext transnationaler Globalisierungskritik: Fallstudie der Amsterdamer Universitätsproteste von 2015-2016,“ with Christian Scholl, Leviathan: Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaften, special issue 33, “Protest in Bewegung?” (in German), 2017, pp. 117-144
“Imagining Another Europe: Building a Pan-European Counter-Hegemonic Bloc Around an Anti-Austerity Master Frame,” with Christian Scholl, Comparative European Politics 16/1 (2018), pp. 103-125; doi:10.1057/s41295-016-0070-x (2016)
“Post-Communist State Measures to Thwart Organized Labor: The Case of Romania,” with Mihai Varga, Economic and Industrial Democracy 36, 2015, pp. 677-699; doi:10.1177/0143831X14548770
"Hegemony Reloaded - Warum die globalisierungskritische Bewegung nicht von der neoliberalen Krise profitiert,” with Christian Scholl, Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 7/4, 2014, pp. 465-487
“European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States, by Bickerton, Chris J.” (book review), Swiss Political Science Review 20/1, March 2014
“Hegemony’s Dirty Tricks: Explaining Counter-Globalization’s Weakness in Times of Neoliberal Crisis,” with Christian Scholl, Globalizations 10/4, August 2013
Forum “Hidden Essentialisms: How Human Nature Assumptions Surreptitiously Shape IR Theory,” co-edited with Daniel Jacobi, International Studies Review 14/4, December 2012, pp. 645–665
“’Gone Fishing’: Modeling Diversity in Work Ethics,” with Rüya Gökhan Koçer; Amsterdam Institute of Labor Studies (AIAS) Working Paper No. 123, published at: http://www.uva-aias.net/101, October 2012
"The Threat of Selective Democracy: Popular Dissatisfaction and Exclusionary Strategies of Elites in Central and Eastern Europe,” with Mihai Varga, Southeastern Europe 36/3, 2012 , pp. 349–372
“Enforcing Consensus? The Hidden Bias in EU Democracy Promotion in Candidate Countries,” with Katrine Haukenes, Democratization; pre-published online June 19th 2012
"Ungarn seit der Wahl - Demokratie unter Druck“, with Mihai Varga, Berliner Debatte Initial 22/3, 2011, pp. 120-126
"Ungarn 2010: Die Bedeutung der Wahlergebnisse im Kontext der Demokratieentwicklung”, with Mihai Varga, Berliner Debatte Initial 21/2, 2010, pp. 60-66
"Equity as the Missing Link: The Values of the European Union," Romanian Journal of European Affairs , Vol. 10, No.1, 2010.
“Romania” (interview on Romania’s transformation since 1989); interviewer: Tomas Kavaliauskas; in Kulturos barai (The Domains of Culture, member of Eurozine) 3/2010, accessible at http://www.eurozine.com/ (in Lithuanian)
"Demokratie okay, aber für alle? Demokratieunzufriedenheit und Selektive Demokratie in Mittel- und Osteuropa," with Mihai Varga, Berliner Debatte 4/2009, pp. 104-19.
"From Prosecution to Persecution: Perceptions of the ICTY in Serbian Domestic Politics," with Marlene Spoerri, Journal of International Relations and Development , Vol. 11, No. 4, November 2008, pp. 350-84.
"The EU's Impact on Reform in Romania: The Case of the Civil Service," with Leonard Ionita, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies (JSEEBSS) , Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2008, pp. 205-26.
"Just How Small Is This World Really?: An Application of Network Theory to the Study of Globalization," in Global Networks , Vol. 6, No. 3, July 2006, pp. 221-44.
"Rational Paranoia and Enlightened Machismo: The Strange Psychological Foundations of Realism," in Journal of International Relations and Development , Vol. 9, No. 2, June 2006, pp. 247-68.
"Still Looking for the Third Way? How about 'Critical Realist Social Process Micro-mechanics'?" in Concepts & Methods: Newsletter of the IPSA Committee on Concepts & Methods , Vol. 2, Issue 1, Winter 2006, pp. 8-10.
"Painful Integration or Not So Splendid Isolation? Downsides of European Integration in the Context of Romania's Double Transformation," with Otto Holman, in Romanian Journal of Society and Politics , Vol. 5, Issue 1, May 2005, pp. 93-145.
"Constructing Opposition in the Age of Globalization: The Potential of ATTAC," with Vicki Birchfield, in Globalizations Journal , Vol. 1, Issue 2, December 2004, pp. 278-304.
"Romania and the IMF - The Effects of IMF Support on Economic and Social Policy in a Transition Country" (with Valentin Budau, Radu Cristescu, Leonard Ionita, Ionut Sterpan, and Valentin Vasilescu), in Romanian Journal of Society and Politics , Vol. 3, No. 2, 2003, pp. 130-184.
"'Chiefly for Fear, Next for Honour, and Lastly for Profit': An Analysis of Foreign Policy Motivation in the Peloponnesian War," with William O. Chittick, in Review of International Studies , Vol. 27, No. 1, January 2001, pp. 69-90.
"John A. Vasquez, The Power of Power Politics: From Classical Realism to Neotraditionalism" (book review), in The European Legacy vol. 6, no. 3, 2001.
"Probing Logics of Membership: Contributions on Statism and Nationalism in Germany and Beyond" (review essay) in German Politics and Society vol. 18, no. 4, 2000, pp. 113-26.
"Andrew Moravcsik, The Choice for Europe: Social Purpose and State Power from Messina to Maastricht" (book review), in German Politics and Society vol. 17, no. 2, Summer 1999, pp. 109-15.
"Refugees in a World of United Nations: The Notion of Internal Displacement and the Erosion of State Sovereignty," in Political Crossroads , Vol. 6, Nos. 1 & 2, 1998, pp. 5-24.
"Ambivalent Bedfellows: German-American Intelligence Relations, 1969-1990," with Loch K. Johnson, in International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence , Vol. 10, No. 2, 1997, pp.165-179.
Forthcoming “Critical Theories and Peaceful Change,” in Oxford University Press Handbook on Peaceful Change in International Relations, eds. T.V. Paul et al. (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Forthcoming "The Broken Promise of Democratization” (working title), in Thirty Years After 1989:Transformations in Values, Memory, and Identity, ed. Tomas Kavaliauskas (Brill, 2020).
Forthcoming “How We Got to Realist Utopia” (working title), in The Handbook of Global Politics in the 22nd Century, eds. Laura Horn and Nicholas Kiersey (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).
Forthcoming “We Are the University! Amsterdam Student Protest 2015-18”, with Christian Scholl, in: When Students Protest, eds. Analicia Mejia Mesinas et al. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019).
“The Dynamic Relation between Power Politics and Institutionalization: A Neo-Gramscian Intervention”, in: International Institutions and Power Politics: Bridging the Divide, ed. T.V. Paul and Anders Wivel (Georgetown University Press, 2019).
“Europe May Be Done With Power, But Power Is Not Done With Europe: Europe During American Unipolarity and Relative Decline,” with Paul van Hooft, in: Fear and Uncertainty: Realism and Foreign Policy in Europe, ed. Vincent Della Salla and Roberto Belloni (Palgrave, 2018).
“Rationality,” in Concepts in World Politics, ed. Felix Berenskötter (London: Sage, 2016).
“Introduction: Progress, Consensus and Cumulation in IR Scholarship?” with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James, in Evaluating Progress in International Relations, ed. with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James (Routledge, 2016).
“The Role of Theory for Knowledge Creation in IR: A Sociable Pluralist Discussion”, in Evaluating Progress in International Relations, ed. with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James (Routledge, 2016).
“Conclusion: Different Standards for Discovery and Confirmation”, with Ewan Harrison, and Patrick James, in Evaluating Progress in International Relations, ed. with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James (Routledge, 2016).
“Introduction: Europeanization in Question”, in Growing Together, Growing Apart: Turkey and the European Union Today, ed. Annette Freyberg-Inan et al. (Nomos, 2016), pp. 11-31.
“The Human Element in IR Theory: Introduction,” with Daniel Jacobi, in Human Beings in International Relations, co-edited with Daniel Jacobi (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
“Towards an International Political (Post-)Anthropology: Conclusion,” with Daniel Jacobi, in Human Beings in International Relations, co-edited with Daniel Jacobi (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
“Between Fear and Despair: Human Nature in Realism,” in Human Beings in International Relations, co-edited with Daniel Jacobi (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
"World-Systems Theory: Iraq Overreach - US Overkill," in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of IR Theory II: Iraq (Lynne Rienner, 2012).
" Central Europe and the Balkans: So Close and Yet So Far ," with Zlatko šabič, in Central Europe in Regional and Global Politics , ed. Zlatko šabič and Petr Drulák (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave, 2012).
“Romania” (interview on Romania’s transformation since 1989), in Conversations about East Central Europe after 1989, ed. Tomas Kavaliauskas (Vilnius: Edukologija; in English and Lithuanian, 2012).
"Introduction: What Way Forward for Contemporary Realism?" with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James, in Rethinking Realism in International Relations: Between Tradition and Innovation , ed. Annette Freyberg-Inan, Ewan Harrison, and Patrick James ( Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), pp. 1-18.
"Conclusion: Ways Forward," with Ewan Harrison and Patrick James, in Rethinking Realism in International Relations: Between Tradition and Innovation , ed. Annette Freyberg-Inan, Ewan Harrison, and Patrick James ( Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009), pp. 253-263.
"ATTAC (Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions for the Aid of Citizens)," with Vicki Birchfield, in Immanuel Ness (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
"Innenansichten einer Disziplin im Wandel: Politikwissenschaft in Rumanien," in Andreas Umland (ed.), Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Unterricht an Hochschulen in den Postkommunistischen Staaten Europas und Asiens: Erfahrungen, Analysen, Perspektiven , Band III (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang - Europäischer Verlag für die Wissenschaften, 2006).
"And a World to Win: Is There an Alternative-Globalization Consensus?" in Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel (ed.), Global Cooperation:Challenges And Opportunities in the Twenty-first Century (London: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 201-20.
"World System Theory: A Bird's Eye View of the World Capitalist Order" in Jennifer Sterling-Folker (ed.), Making Sense of IR Theory (Boulder, Co: Lynn Rienner, 2005), pp. 225-41.
"Transition Economies," in Richard Stubbs and Geoffrey Underhill (eds.), Political Economy and the Changing Global Order (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed. 2005), pp.419-30.
"Organic Intellectuals and Counter-Hegemonic Politics in the Age of Globalisation: The Case of ATTAC," with Vicki Birchfield, in Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguashca (eds.), Critical Theories, World Politics and the "Anti-Globalization Movement" (London: Routledge, RIPE series, 2005), pp. 154-73.
"Country Report Romania" and "International Cooperation: Synthesis Report" in Workshop "The East European Social Sciences: Research Conditions and the Role of Information/ Communication," IZ-Arbeitsbericht Nr. 33 (Informationszentrum Sozialwissenschaften, Gesellschaft Sozialwissenschaftlicher Infrastruktureinrichtungen in Deutschland), March 2004, pp. 11-32 and 38-44.
"Creating Knowledge: Designing an Empirical Research Project," in Rory Keane and Mark Downes (eds.), Academic Writing: A Concise Guide, A New Approach (Belgrade: Belgrade Open School and Civic Education Project, 2003), pp. 79-122.
"Which Way to Progress? The Impact of International Organizations in Romania," in Ronald Linden (ed.), Norms and Nannies: The Impact of International Organizations on the Central and East European States (Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), pp. 129-64.
"German-American Intelligence Relations, 1969-1990: A Case of Ambivalent Cooperation," with Loch K. Johnson, in Wolfgang Krieger (ed.), Germany and the United States in the Era of the Cold War: The Security Dimension (Frankfurt / Cambridge: DVA Verlag and Cambridge University Press, 2000), pp. 171-77.
"The Impact of Basic Motivation on Foreign Policy Opinions Concerning the Useof Force: A Three-Dimensional Framework," with William O. Chittick, in Philip Everts and Pierangelo Isernia (eds.), When the Going Gets Tough: Democracy, Public Opinion and the International Use of Force (London: Routledge, 2000), pp.31-56.
2019 International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto: “How We Got to Realist Utopia”
2018 International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco: “To Whom Does the University Belong? Dilemmas of the Internationalization of University Education”
2016 International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta: “Constructing the Future by Remembering the Past: The Cold War in Contemporary Romania”
2015 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans: “The Glocalization of Memory: Reconstructing the Cold War in post-1989 Romania” and “Is Another Europe Still Possible? Pan-European Counter-Austerity Movements and Their Potential for Counter-Hegemony”
2014 World International Studies Committee Fourth Global International Studies Conference, Frankfurt: “Between Fear and Despair: Human Nature in Realism”
International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto: “The Role of Theory in Knowledge Production” and “The Paradox of Political Space: Boundaries and Integration in post-1989 Europe"
2013 Jean Monnet Module Debating European Security, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; keynote address: “The Enemy Within: Rethinking Challenges to Europe's Liberal Order"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco: “Academia as a Source of Conceptual Diffusion: The Rise of ‘Partnership’ as a Governance Principle”
ECPR Joint Sessions, Mainz, Germany, Workshop on Status Claims, Recognition, and Emotions in IR: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges: “’Chiefly for Fear, Next for Honour, and Lastly for Profit’: The Role of Status Concerns in International Politics in the Context of a General Motivational Framework”
2012 Politicologenetmaal (Annual Political Science Conference for the Netherlands and Flemish Belgium), Amsterdam, Section Political Theory: “Hermetic Philosophy and Its Impact on Intellectual Elitism - A Study in the Frailty of Democratic Norms”
Jean Monnet Module Debating European Security, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy; lectures on “Hungary and the Crisis of Europe’s New Democracies” and “The Failures of EU Democracy Promotion at Home”
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Diego: “There Are No Twitter Revolutions - A Political Psychological Investigation into the Relevance of Communication Technology for Political Mobilization”
2011 Convention of the Central and Eastern European International Studies Association, Istanbul: " Realist Approaches: The Motives of Fear and Despair and the Postures of Defense and Fatalism;" "The Balkans: Regional Relations," with Zlatko Sabic; and "Alterglobalization in Times of the Financial Crisis," with Christian Scholl
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Montreal, Workshop "Man, Agency and Beyond": "Human Nature, Agency and Beyond: Reflecting on the Human Element in World Politics", with Daniel Jacobi, and "Human Nature in Realist Approaches"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Montreal: "Global Governance through Factual Constraint: The Ascension of the IMF in the Financial and Euro-Crisis"
2010 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans: "Iraq beyond Hegemony: A World System Theoretical Interpretation"
2009 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, New York City: "Ethical Challenges of the European Neighborhood Policy"
2008 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco: "Good Fences Make Safe Rulers: An Appeal to Deny the Division of Power from Critique"
2007 International Studies Association, Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section, Annual Conference, Bucaco, Portugal: "Obsession: Modern Liberalism's War Against Itself"
International Studies Association/Central and Eastern European Section of the International Studies Association, and GARNET JERP "The EU and Eastern Europe", International Convention, Wroclaw, Poland: ""Democracy without Democrats? The Challenge of Civic Education in Postcommunist Europe"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, IL: "The Self-Destruction of IR Scholarship in the Post-Critical Age"
2006 International Studies Association/Central and Eastern European Section of the International Studies Association, International Convention, Tartu, Estonia: "Graduating from the IMF to the EU: How Romanian Policymakers Learn to Master European Economic Governance"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: " What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?: Cardinal Compass Points as Conceptual Mind-traps in Contemporary IR " and "Directions of European Integration: From Horizontal to Vertical Inequality?"
Workshop "The Future of Realism", International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: "Overcoming Realist(ic) Pessimism: The Role of Scholars"
2005 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: "Prosperity-Equity -Democracy: The Missing Link(s) in Europe"
2004 SGIR Fifth Pan-European Conference,The Hague, Netherlands: with Otto Holman,"Failing Integration or Not So Splendid Isolation? Transnational Capitalism and the Double Transformation in Romania"
International Studies Association, Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section ,Annual Conference, Salzburg, Austria: "And a World to Win: Is There an Alternative-Globalization Consensus?"
Romanian Political Science Association, Annual Conference, Bucharest, Romania: "Transition Economies"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada: with Vicki Birchfield, "Organic Intellectuals and Counter-Hegemonic Politics in the Age of Globalisation: The Case of ATTAC"; with Andrei Ogrezeanu, "Policy Transnationalization in Southeast Europe: The Case of Romania's Progress towards EU Accession"
2003 GESIS Service Agency Eastern Europe, Department Information Transfer of the Social Science Information Center Bonn/Berlin: Representation of Romania at Workshop "The Conditions of Social Science Research in Central and Eastern Europe;" presentation of a country report on Romania and a composite reporton international social science cooperation in all CEE countries; November14th-15th 2003
International Studies Association/Central and Eastern European Section of the International Studies Association, International Convention, Budapest: "Unity in Diversity in Europe: The Need for a European Identity"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Portland,Oregon: "Bull's Eye in the Semi-Periphery? An Analysis of the Kosovo Conflict from the Perspective of World System Theory"; with Vicki Birchfield, "Constructing Opposition in the Age of Globalization: The Case of ATTAC"; with William O. Chittick, "Foreign Policy Cubed and the Acceptability of Foreign Policy"
2002 American Political Science Association Annual Conference, Boston: with William O. Chittick, "An Empirical Test of Foreign Policy Cubed"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans: "Theory versus Knowledge: Where Lies the Future of Realism?"
2001 Romanian Political Science Association, Annual Conference, Timisoara, Romania: "Gone Fishing: Development, Work Ethics, and the Status of Leisure"
International Studies Association, Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section, Annual Conference, Heidelberg, Germany: "Just How Small Is This World Really?: An Application of Network Theory to the Study of Globalization"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Chicago: "Of Carrots and Sticks: International Organizations in Romania" and "How Teaching Matters: A View from Romania"
2000 International Studies Association, AnnualConference, Los Angeles: "Putting Romania on the Map" and "Realist IR Proves the Power of Ideas: Moving Beyond an Institutionalized Paradox"
1999 International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Washington, DC: "Human Nature in International Relations Theory: An Analysis and Critique of Realist Assumptions About Motivation"
International Society of Political Psychology, Annual Scientific Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands: with William O.Chittick, "The Role of Basic Motives in Foreign Policy Decision-making: Types of Actors"
1998 European Consortium for Political Research Workshop on "Democracy, Public Opinion and the Use of Force in a Changing International Environment," Warwick, UK: with William O. Chittick,"Fear, Pride, and Profit: A Three-Dimensional Framework for Foreign Policy Analysis"
Georgia Political Science Association, Annual Conference, Savannah, GA: "Apathy on the Agora: Comparative Political Economy and the Death of the Political"
1996 International Studies Association: Section International Security Studies, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA: "Mission Impossible, or Divided We Fall: Security Policy in the 21st Century-New Targets and Missions and the Need for International Intelligence Cooperation"
International Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Diego, CA: "Clear-Eyed or Short-Sighted?:Thucydides, Hobbes, and Realist Assumptions Concerning Motivation"
I currently teach a PhD seminar on research design (with Brian Burgoon) and a Master Research Project on "Alternatives to Capitalism: Models for a Future Society".
I (co-)supervise the PhD projects of: