Dr Brieg Powel

PhD, MA, BA (Hons.), CELTA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (England)

Dr Brieg Powel

Lecturer in International Politics

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Brieg joined the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and Aberystwyth's Department of International Politics as a member of staff in January 2013. Brieg previously held positions at Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, where he also completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies. Brieg is a fluent Welsh and English speaker, and teaches and supervises through the medium of both languages, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Additional Information

Brieg is part of the Department of International Politics' External Affairs and Admissions team, currently serving as Schools Liaison Officer.

In this role, Brieg organises and runs a number of events for schools, including curriculum enrichment workshops, crisis simulations, Welsh Baccalaureate workshops, and guest talks. Should you wish further details of any or all of these activities, please email Brieg.


Module Coordinator

Brieg's primary teaching involves a number of historical sociological-orientated modules exploring the state, warfare, and the history of international relations. These include:

IQ31530 The State from Babylon to Brussels IQ33320 War, State, and Society IQ33420 Total War, Total Peace

Postgraduate: IPM4220 The State through the AgesBrieg also serves as a Welsh medium seminar tutor on various core Departmental modules, including:

IP10320 War, Strategy, and Intelligence IP30120 Theorizing International Relations IP39220 International Politics and Non-Western Worlds


Brieg's current research draws on international historical sociology to explore the history of international relations from a global, non-Eurocentric perspective. This work questions understandings of history in the discipline of International Relations whilst calls for a greater empirical awareness amongst theorists of international politics. His doctoral research, first book and other publications explore the promotion of democracy by the European Union in Tunisia and the Mediterranean, concentrating on the use of socialization as a means of changing the conduct of others.BOOKS Powel, B., and Sadiki, L., 'Europe and Tunisia: Democracy via Association' (Abingdon: Routledge, 2010).

ARTICLES Powel, B. 'The soldier's tale: problematizing Foucault's military foundations', Review of International Studies, forthcoming. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210517000171

Powel, B. 'A clash of norms: normative power and EU democracy promotion in Tunisia', Democratization, 16:1, 2009, pp. 193-214. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510340802575924

Powel, B. 'The stability syndrome: US and EU democracy promotion in Tunisia', Journal of North African Studies, 14:1, 2009, pp. 57-73. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13629380802383562


Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II. By Tarak Barkawi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 338p. $74.99 cloth, $24.99 paperPowel, B. 2018 In : Perspectives on Politics.16, 2, p. 589-5902 p.
Deepening multiplicity: A response to RosenbergPowel, B. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : International Relations.32, 2
Iraq, Afghanistan and rethinking the post-heroic turn: Military decorations as indicators of change in warfarePowel, B. 2018 In : Journal of Historical Sociology.31, 1, p. e-16-e3115 p.
The soldier's tale: problematizing Foucault's military foundationsPowel, B. 2017 In : Review of International Studies.43, 5, p. 833-85421 p.
In TransitPowel, B. T. & Morstang, H. 2011
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