A collection of researchers, writers, political pundits, educators and general thinkIRs, we intend to deliver stimulating insight, entertaining analysis and thought-provoking debate on all things political in International Relations. Borne from the desire to contribute critical voices to current affairs and disciplinary developments, this is a forum to supplement and exceed the constraints of formal academic discourses.

Our goals are to:

  • Share our opinions and thoughts
  • Provoke discussion, debate and learning
  • Broaden, diversify and open up the field

We intend this environment to be inclusive and diverse; for anyone interested in the topic of International Affairs, Politics and Current Affairs. We pledge to uphold a commitment to accessible language and ethics. We will not shy from controversial topics or inhibit the free expression of contributors.


About the Editorial Team

Lucas G. Freire

Lucas G. Freire has just completed his PhD in IR theory. He blogs in English and Portuguese and is currently a Research Associate at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (Cambridge). He worked for the University of Exeter as an Associate Lecturer, teaching globalisation and foreign policy.

Blog entries here

Ozker Kocadal Ph.D. (Exon)

Ozker has recently completed his Ph.D. in Politics at the University of Exeter and his academic interests range from analysing the dynamics of intra-state conflicts to the study of power-sharing institutions and peacemaking in deeply divided nations. Outside the academic bubble/ivory tower, he enjoys playing squash and football, as well as following the “real” politics of Cyprus (his native), Turkey, Greece and the UK. On a lighter note, he is also passionate about coffee, wine and whisky (single malt only!).


Tatevik Mnatsakanyan

With academic background in Linguistics, Diplomatic Studies, as well as International Relations, together with work experience in organisations, Tatevik has diverse interests, ranging from philosophy of language to security and IR theories. She combines her  PhD thesis writing and tutoring at the University of Exeter with pursuing and expanding these general interests. Her narrower interests include theory development for foreign policy discourse analysis, with a focus on M. Bakhtin and J. Kristeva, and a particular interest in the temporal dynamics of the official ‘war on terror’ discourse.  Read more about Tatevik here

Owen D Thomas

Owen David Thomas is another PhD candidate in Politics from the University of Exeter. Owen’s research, sponsored by the ESRC, explores practices of publicity in international politics. In particular Owen is interested in state-sponsored practices of Public Inquiry. More broadly, Owen is interested in international political theory in the continental tradition, research methodology, critical security studies, the politics of cinema, of sport, of going to the pub…

Read more about me and/or get in touch here

Jeremy Wildeman

Jeremy Wildeman (BA Saskatchewan, MA McMaster) is a PhD candidate (Exeter) conducting research into the construction and development of international aid for Palestinians, within the context of the peace process.  Previously he co-founded and managed the charity Project Hope, providing learning and arts opportunities for Palestinian youth in the West Bank.  In his spare time, he helps maintain the International Relations blog ThinkIR and the Palestine Studies Group, and blogs on Raqmi about the use of digital technology in post-secondary research.


Phil Leech Ph.D. (Exon)

Phil is a lecturer at Plymouth University. His academic background is in Politics, Philosophy and Conflict Resolution but these days he finds himself much more at home somewhere between International Relations and Political Economy. He teaches Critical International Relations and International Relations of the Middle East at Plymouth while his research focuses on Palestinian Politics. Beyond the studies he is a fan big of cricket, an obsessive drinker of tea and shares Ozker’s interest in Single Malts.

Click here for his LinkedIn account and here for his writing portfolio. He’s also on twitter: @phil_haqeeqa.

Emile Badarin

Emile’s research interests cut across the disciplinary boundaries of International Relations Theory, Israel-Palestine, Middle East politics and peacebuilding. He is engaged with a wide range of approaches, especially within the realm of critical theory. He regularly keeps up-to-date with published literature on Israel-Palestine and international relations.

Click here for his LinkedIn account.

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