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2016 Videos and Podcasts


What's Next? Trump in the White House

 On Tuesday, 29 November 2016, the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University and the David Davies Memorial Institute sponsored a roundtable discussion entitled ‘What’s Next? Trump in the White House’.  Head of the Department and current E.H. Carr Professor Richard Beardsworth chaired the debate; the speakers included Ken Booth, Warren Dockter, Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Jenny Mathers, and Jan Ruzicka.  The discussion was wide-ranging, but broadly addressed how Donald Trump won the US presidential election (a result that many, including most pollsters, failed to predict), the future of the Electoral College, and what a Trump presidency might mean for the global order.  A large and engaged audience attended the event, and contributed to the lively debate among the participants with a number of thought-provoking questions.


“What’s next? Trump in the White House” – A Roundtable Debate 


 E H Carr Annual Lecture


The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University welcomes members of the public as well as university staff and students to this year’s EH Carr Memorial Lecture, now widely regarded as the most distinguished named lecture series in the field of international politics.

This year, giving the 33rd Carr Lecture, is Professor Margaret MacMillan, presently Warden of St Anthony’s College Oxford.  She is a renowned and prize-winning author of several international bestsellers, and many people will have become familiar with her voice on Radio 4 in 2014 on programmes marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. 

Professor Ken Booth of the Department of International Politics says: ‘We are tremendously lucky to be able to welcome Margaret to Aberystwyth: she must be one of the busiest academics anywhere, with her scholarly teaching and research, media work, managerial responsibilities, and public engagement.  Her life is surrounded by history, not only professionally but personally: she is a great granddaughter of David Lloyd George, and aunt to the historian Dan Snow. Her books – the latest is History’s People: Personalities and the Past - blend the big picture with accounts of single individuals.  She is a consummate story-teller, offering fascinating details alongside narratives of major themes.   We are guaranteed an outstanding lecture on what is surely one of the hottest topics in the UK and indeed the world today: ‘Sometimes it matters who is in power.’


 Waltz Annual Lecture


The Kenneth N. Waltz Annual Lecture brings distinguished scholars to Aberystwyth to talk about those international issues – notably war - that were central to the concerns of the late Ken Waltz, the leading theorist of international politics over many decades. This year’s lecture will be delivered by one of the outstanding historians in the UK today, Professor Jeremy Black. The title of his talk is: ‘War and International Relations 1400-2100’. 

Professor Ken Booth of the Department of International Politics, and editor of the journal International Relations co-hosting the event, says that Jeremy Black, based at the University of Exeter, is a well-known commentator on war on the radio, as well as a prolific lecturer internationally. He has without doubt been the most prolific historian writing in Britain over the past twenty years, with his most recent book being The Power of Knowledge: How Information and Technology Made the Modern World. His talk will bring together his immense knowledge of both international relations and the history of war. Ken Booth says: ‘If you are interested in international conflict, this lecture is a rare opportunity to listen to a scholar who is one of the very few, anywhere, with the authority, knowledge, and nerve to give a sweeping panorama of the phenomenon of war over seven centuries.’


Roundtable Discussion: Life after Brexit – what happens next?

 How will Brexit affect people in Ceredigion? What are the implications for Wales? And what does it mean for the UK on the wider global stage?  Video

Institute of Welsh Politics' Matthew Rees talks to Professor Michael Keating about the EU Referendum

He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences and has taught in universities in Scotland, England, Canada, Spain and France and at the European University Institute, Florence. Michael Keating has published widely on Scottish politics, European politics and public policy.

Professor Keating also contributes to 'The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative' which promotes rigorous, high-quality and independent research into the complex and ever changing relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU).


EU Referendum Podcast: Brexit

 Listen to the latest podcast from the Institute of Welsh Politics (IWP) on the UK Referendum on EU membership with Dyfan Powel, Ania Rolewska, Elin Royles and Alistair Shepherd. 25 June 2016. Podcast
28/04/2016 National Assembly for Wales Elections 2016
 On  the  5th of  May  the  people  of  Wales  will  place  their  votes  in  the  fifth  election  to  the  National Assembly for Wales. While the Brexit referendum has undoubtedly overshadowed the election, the all the Welsh parties have now presented their manifestos and their candidates have participated in debates  and  have  been  out  pounding  the  streets.  As  the  election  day  itself  comes  nearer  this podcast provides a discussion of key themes such as the nature of the campaigns conducted by the parties,  the  prospects  for  their  leaders  and  also  the  nature  of  the  results  that  can be  expected. Taking part in the discussion are Catrin Wyn Edwards,  Matthew Rees,  Dyfan Powel and Huw Lewis, all   members of the Institute of Welsh Politics,  at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. Podcast

2015 Videos and Podcasts

 29/10/2015 EH Carr Memorial Lecture  Professor Rosenburg’s lecture entitled, ‘International Relations in the Prison of Political Science: is there a way out?’ will draw on the speaker’s latest research.

A leading figure in International Relations in the UK, Professor Rosenburg taught at the London School of Economics before moving to the University of Sussex in the late 1990s.  His work is best known for his critiques of realist and liberal approaches to International Relations, and for understanding the impact of the international system on social theory and historical change.  His major works are The Empire of Civil Society and The Follies of Globalisation Theory.

“Justin Rosenberg has long been the most prominent exponent of the ‘New Marxist’ approach to thinking about international relations in the UK.  His particular focus has been on critiquing globalisation and on the importance of adopting a historical sociology perspective on ‘the international’.  He is a scholar of wide international repute” commented Prof Ken Booth, former E. H. Carr Professor and Head of the Department of International Politics.


Professor Milja Kurki inaugural lecture 

'Concepts, International Relations, and the Universe.' Video

Lucy Taylor - Welsh in Patagonia

New research reveals how the establishment of Y Wladfa, the Welsh settlement established in 1865 in the Argentinian state of Patagonia, was entangled in the global dynamics of power, money and ideas Video

2014 Videos and Podcasts



National Assembly for Wales

 "Tell the World about the World”: Wales, the First World War and International Politics. -   Dr Jenny Mathers  Video

 E H Carr Annual Lecture 2014

 Professor Reymond Geuss, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

'Realism and the Relativity of Judgement'


Prof. Martin Alexander's Farewell Lecture, "War His-stories, War Her-stories: Personal Reflections in a Centenary Perspective 1914-2014"

On the 14th of May, Professor Martin Alexander of Aberystwyth Univeristy's International Politics Department gave his farewell lecture titled, "War His-Stories, War Her-stories: Personal Reflections in a Centenary Perspective 1914-2014" in the Main Hall of the Department of International Politics. Professor Alexander has been with the Department since 2001. He was previously a Professor of Contemporary History and Politics at the University of Salford from 1993. His career includes being a lecturer in modern history at the University of Southampton, John M. Olin Fellow at Yale in 1988-89 and Visiting Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 1991-92.

Professor Alexander has served on the editorial board of French History and was General Editor, with A.J. Nicholls of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, of the Longman-Pearson book series ‘The Postwar World’ from 1988 to 2005. His accolades include being a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Royal United Services Institute, and since 2007 a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK.

A fuller academic profile along with full list of publications can be found here.

"Why Study at Interpol?"

Professor Richard Beardsworth of Aberystwyth University's Department of International Politics, gives a testimonal on the Department with the talk, "Why Study at Interpol?". Professor Beardsworth describes (1) Why International Poltics as a degree and field of study? (2) What are the uses of a degree in International Politics? and (3) about Interpol as a department. 

Richard Beardsworth joined the department in 2013. He was formerly Professor of International Theory at Florida International University (2012-2013) and Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations at the American University of Paris (2005-2011). He is on the editorial board of International Political Theory and is an associate editor of Journal of International Relations. His full staff profile can be found here. 


Kenneth Waltz Annual Lecture 2014

The 2014 Kenneth Waltz Annual Lecture was given by King's College London's Prof. Theo Farrell on, "The Futility of Force: Afghanistan and the End of the Western way of War" at the Department of International Politics Main Hall on the 6th of May. Professor Farrell is the Professor of War in the Modern World and Head of the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.

Professor Farrell is currently the Chair of the British International Studies Association, Professor Farrell is associate editor of the leading US journal, Security Studies, and Chair of the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA). His field of interests and expertise include: military transformation and adaptation, international law and strategic culture, civilians in war, and British and American military affairs.

His current research focuses on the war in Afghanistan. He undertook field assessments of operations in Helmand for the British government in 2009 and 2010 and has served on strategic assessment teams for two Commanders of ISAF and undertook the first theatre-wide command assessment for the Commander of ISAF Joint Command. A more complete biography can be found here.


 "Between the Virtual and the Actual: Gaming for Peace"

 As part of the International Politics Research Seminar series (IPRS), 3rd year Department of International Politics PhD student, Carolin Kaltofen,  gives a presentation on her research on peace gaming. The discussant was Dr. Andrew Davenport. Carolin's full profile can be found here.


The International Politics Research Seminar is a series of weekly presentations given by 3rd year PhD students in the International Politics Department of Aberystwyth. PhD students from all years in addition to academic staff are in attendance. Each student provides a 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute critique by a member of academic staff, followed by 45 minute question and answer session that is open to the audience.


 "At the service of the state: Afghan War veterans and the state in Soviet and post-soviet Tajikistan"

 As part of the International Politics Research Seminar series (IPRS), 3rd year Department of International Politics PhD student, Markus Gorannson,  gives a presentation on his research on Tajik War Veterans. The discussant was Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya. Markus's full profile can be found here.

The International Politics Research Seminar is a series of weekly presentations given by 3rd year PhD students in the International Politics Department of Aberystwyth. PhD students from all years in addition to academic staff are in attendance. Each student provides a 30 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute critique by a member of academic staff, followed by 45 minute question and answer session that is open to the audience.

 12/03/2014 "Cold War counter-insurgencies and white supremacy in Africa, 1961-1989"  Professor David Anderson from the University of Warwick presents his latest reseach on the Cold War in Africa. Professor Anderson is currently completing a major project on the topic, which will result in the publication of a book with Faber and Faber later this year.  He is a professor in African history and other major current projects include: history of loyalism in the British Empire, the history of Somalia and its diaspora since the 1950s, the environmental history of East Africa, British foreign policy in Africa, the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, and contemporary state violence in East Africa.  Video
 10/03/2014  Amb. Richard Butler talk: "Iraq Was Disarmed: the invaders didn't find any WMD because there weren't any to find"  Aberystwyth University's Department of International Politics and the David Davies Memorial Institute (DDMI) was pleased to host a special guest talk by Australian diplomat, Ambassador Richard Butler. He visited the University because of the research on nuclear non-proliferation that is being done in the Department of International Politics.  The lecture is part of the DDMI's on-going scholar / practioner speaker series.

Ambassador Butler has held numerous senior Australian posts, including Deputy Representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OECD; Ambassador for Disarmament (Geneva); Ambassador to Thailand and Cambodia; Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations (New York); and Governor of Tasmania. In 1997, Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him Executive Chairman of the United Nations Special Commission to disarm Iraq (UNSCOM). For a full speaker's bio, click here.


David Davies Memorial Institute Annual Lecture

 The David Davies Memorial Institute invited Professor Rosemary Hollis, a leading expert in Middle Eastern Affairs, to speak at their annual lecture series. The lecture, titled "Britain and the Palestine Question, 1914-2014 ", was held at the Main Hall of the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Professor Hollis is currently professor of Middle East Policy studies and director of the Olive Tree Programme at City University London.

Professor Hollis was formerly Director of Research at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), prior to her joining City University in 2008. She was also the Head of the Middle Eastern Programme at Chatham House from 1995-2005 and has held similar posts at the Royal United Services Institute for Defense Studies. During the 1980s, Professor Hollis was a lecturer at George Washington University in Washington DC.


 "A Rule to Go By: What is the Point of Parliamentary Procedure?"

 Paul Evans, Principal Clerk of the Table Office at the House of Commons, discusses the origins and development of the rules which govern debate in the House of Commons.


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Roundtable: "The Crisis in Syria: Behind the Headlines"

 Panel Discussion about Syria.'The Crisis in Syria: Behind the Headlines', 26 September 2013. Speakers include Professor Mike Foley, Dr Jenny Mathers, Dr Jan Ruzicka, Dr Kristian Stoddart, Dr Ayla Gol, Dr Kamila Stullerova, Dr Grant Dawson and Dr Jim Vaughan.  Video
 11/09/2013 - 13/09/2013  'International Relations Theory Today' Conference  Welcome and Panel I

Speakers: Cynthia Enloe, "The Personal and the International: Gendered Bananas, Beaches and Bases"; Pinar Bilgin, "Do IR Scholars Engage in the Same World?"

 Panel I

Panel II

Speakers: Nicholas Onuf (in absentia), "Descent and Emergence: Five Generations of International Relations Theory"; Ned Lebow, "International Relations Theory and Identity Discourses"

 Panel II

Panel III

Speakers: Chris Brown, "Theory and Practice in International Relations"; Molly Cochran, "Is IR Theory an Essentially Ethical Pursuit?"; Duncan Snidal, "Is IR Theorizing a Scientific Endeavour?"

  Panel III

Panel IV

Speakers: Heikki Patomaki, "Democracy in a Globalized World"; David Blaney (and Naeem Inayatullah), "Justice in a Market Society?: Capitalism, (In)equality, and Poverty"

  Panel IV

Panel V

Speakers: Andrew Linklater, "Civilization, Self-Restraint and International Society"; Oran Young, "International Relations and the Anthropocene: The Twilight of the Westphalian Order"

  Panel V

Panel VI

Speakers: William Wohlforth (in absentia), "The Future of War as the Ultima Ratio"; Campbell Craig, "The Nuclear Revolution as Theory"

  Panel VI

Panel VII

Speakers: Craig Murphy, "It's the Economy, Stupid..."; Rorden Wilkinson (Thomas Weiss), "After Sovereignty: Global Governance beyond IR?"

  Panel VII

Panel VIII

Speakers: Jennifer Sterling-Folker, "Theorizing IR in a Liberal World Order"; Michael Williams, "A Neo-Hobbesian Future?"; Christine Sylvester, "Will IR be Quite as Abstract in the Future?"

  Panel VIII

Panel IX

Speakers: Neta Crawford, "Studying World Politics as a Complex Adaptive System"; Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, "Politics Among Worlds: Reflections on the Evolutions of a Field"

  Panel IX

Kenneth Waltz Lecture

Professor Michael Cox (LSE), 'The Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest: Myths, Power Shifts and Economists'


David Davies Memorial Institute Annual Lecture

 Annual Lecture by Prof Robert Jervis, Columbia University, 'Force and World Politics in Our Era’


Kenneth Waltz Lecture

The Inaugural Kenneth Waltz Lecture by Professor Barry Buzan (LSE)  Video

Against cosmopolitanism: theology, politics, rights

 Professor Costas Douzinas, Professor of Law and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Pro-Vice Master at Birkbeck for International Links.

Sponsored by the Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences and the Performance and Politics Research Group, an interdepartmental research group of the Department of International Politics and the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. Chaired by Professor Martin Jones


CIISS Lecture

 Sixth Annual Lecture given by Dr John Prados

 15/09/2008 - 17/09/2008

Waltz Conference 2008

 Reckless states and realism
John Mearsheimer

Waltz's theory of theory
Ole Wæver


Structure: what structure?
Nicholas Onuf

Big and important things in IR: neorealism and the neglect of changes in statehood
Georg Sørensen


Waltz and American liberalism
Michael Foley and Michael C. Williams

Waltzian neorealism, classical realism and human nature
Chris Brown


Man' in the mirror: human nature and world politics
Neta Crawford

Man and woman and war
Jean Bethke Elshtain


Understanding Man, the State and War
Hidemi Suganami

Lost in transition: a critical analysis of power transition theory
Richard Ned Lebow and Benjamin Valentino


Nuclear weapons and the stag hunt
Nicholas J. Wheeler

Change and continuity in international politics – unipolarity, hegemony and counterpower?
Cornelia Beyer


Human interconnectedness
Andrew Linklater

Anarchy, legitimacy, hegemony: how hierarchical can international society be?
Ian Clark

Waltz and world history: the paradox of parsimony
Barry Buzan and Richard Little


Closing Q&AKenneth Waltz


Research videos