My research extends across several substantive areas in International Relations and comparative politics: international hierarchy, human rights, United States-led military coalitions, Canadian foreign and defence policy, arms trade, and the Balkans. I have given evidence and advice to governments and non-governmental organizations on some of these. Recent and ongoing highlights:
The World of the Right
The World of the Right addresses the far Right’s vision and approach to the international order and foreign policy. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through March 2021, the project investigates the ideological foundations of contemporary far Right agendas through empirical studies of right-wing parties and movements in key national and multilateral contexts. PI: Michael Williams; Co-investigators: Rita Abrahamsen, Alexandra Gheciu, and me, all GSPIA, uOttawa.
National Identity Database
This research project assembles a constructivist, intersubjective database of national identities that will become a key source for International Relations scholars. A pilot study has been completed and is available as a volume co-edited by my collaborators Ted Hopf and Bentley Allan: Making Identity County: Towards a National Identity Database (Oxford University Press, 2016). Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. See the interim project website. Researchers click here.
Canadian Defence Policy
Canadian defence is shaped by, and also shapes, many developments located both within and outside Canada. Together with Philippe Lagassé (NPSIA, Carleton University) and Thomas Juneau (GSPIA, uOttawa), I am preparing an edited volume on the theory and practice of Canadian defence policy–a project supported by DND’s Defence Engagement Program and the uOttawa Centre for International Policy Studies. I have written on the CF-18 replacement (below!), government-media relations in defence procurement, on national identity and strategic culture, and on arms exports. (Photo: Cpl Kevin McMillan, Canadian Forces)
The F-35/Joint Strike Fighter
In 2001, the United States government selected Lockheed Martin (over Boeing) to lead in the development of the F-35, a fighter aircraft for use by the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Several U.S. allies, not to mention hundreds of contractors around the world, also joined the program. Variously dubbed the “arms deal of the century,” “the world’s only fifth generation international multirole stealth fighter,” and a “train wreck,” the F-35/Joint Strike Fighter program in fact greatly illuminates the constitution of today’s global military order. My output on the subject includes two journal special issues (one co-edited) and several articles and book chapters (both single-authored and co-authored), alongside a number of blog posts.
The “Anglosphere” is a neologism, but it refers to a phenomenon of major importance for world politics. My take on it is The Anglosphere: A Genealogy of a Racialized Identity in International Relations (Stanford University Press, 2011). Drawing on theories of collective identity-formation, events, and framing, in this book I analyze major foreign policy episodes that produced this community. My main argument is that the origins of the Anglosphere are racial, and that this history still influences the shape of the modern world. In related projects, I have written on conceptualizing race in world politics, on identity-based theories of foreign policy and international cooperation, and on the international politics of military coalitions. See Publications for bibliographic details and further links.