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Postgraduate student profiles

Current PhD candidates

Aflah Al-Harrasi
The role of sociocultural dynamics in the rise and the fall of Oman’s Imamate (1913-1959)

Sumaiya Alwahaibi
The New State-Society Relations: The Dynamics of Gendered Politics in Oman

Omotola Amusan
Evaluating China’s geo-economic strategy

Rachel Billington
Identity, affect and recognition online: Finding belonging in virtual publics. A study of young New Zealanders

Elle Dibrova
You don’t belong here: othering of LGBT+ people as a part of hegemonic national identity in contemporary Russia

Carmen Fulco
The Arab Awakening and the role of Political Islam: a comparative case of Tunisia and Egypt

Danella Glass
The dynamics among and between rival normative communities within the sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) normative environment

Peter Grace
How Social Scientists helped professionalise the US Intelligence Services

Mhd Hosam Hafez
The interactional political aspects of the Syrian crisis

Onat Isik
To what extent strategic culture affected Putin's conservative turn

Eeva Kilk
How have ICTs fostered the democratization process in Eastern Europe: Case studies of Ukraine, Georgia and Belarus

Kina Kunz
Decision-making in Japan and South Korea: The rise of China

William Marti
Soft power and its effects during the George W. Bush administration

Hizkia Respatiadi
Explaining Indonesia’s Food Trade Policy: The Tension between Free Trade and Self-Sufficiency

Okan Tan
Turkey’s “state of exception”: Constitutional Politics in the Era of Populism

Jessica Valisa
Narratives of Russia in the Italian Language on the Internet. Formation of Transnational Identities and the Creation of New Exclusive Alliances within Cyber-Space

Heloise Vertadier
The future of the law and governance for space settlements

Phuong H Vu
Foreign policy messaging in territorial disputes, case of the South China Sea

Ryan Webb
Clausewitz, Neoclassical realism, and the wars of the 21st century

Kulani Wijayabahu
Comprehending the impact of the Belt Road Initiative on Good Governance Agenda: a case study on Sri Lanka

Dmitry Zavialov
Modes of Argument in International Politics

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Current MA students

Matthew King
Patriotism and Nationalism in New Zealand identity

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduates

Annisa Sidi Thesis recognised by the Division of Humanities as being of exceptional quality
Unity and diversity: National identity and multiculturalism in Indonesia

László Szöllősi-Cira
Normative Foreign Policy – The Kiwi Way: To What Extent Has New Zealand Been Acting as Norm Entrepreneur in the Areas of Nuclear Free Policy and Promoting Free Trade?

Arshad Ali
Reorienting Pakistan's National Security Doctrine: From State-Centric to Human Security Approach

Olumuyiwa Amao
Between “Freetown and Kinshasa”: towards a Redefinition of Nigeria and South Africa’s Conflict Interventionist Mechanism in Africa

Can Cinar
Debt and default from a post-Keynesian perspective: a historical case study of the Argentine puzzle

Carolijn van Noort
Constructing a new world order through a narrative of infrastructural development: the case of the BRICS

Chris Meikle
European Union ethical foreign policy and the challenges presented by the Arab uprisings

Darryn Russell
Māori leadership in a post-treaty settlement environment

Nilay Baycar
The compatibility of Islam and democracy: A case study of Turkey

Del Carlini
The politics of military adaptation: The development of a theoretical framework to explain military adaptation's importance to politics

Luca J Uberti Thesis recognised by the Division of Humanities as being of exceptional quality
Neo-liberal clientelism: the political economy of industrial (under) development in Kosovo and Albania

Nutthathirataa Withitwinyuchon (Jib)
Understanding Sino-Japanese rivalry in East Asia

Tim Ferner
Making Government Accountable: The Case of Whistle-Blowing in the United States Department of Defense

Byron Richards
The political implications of financial market liberalisation in New Zealand

Eduardo Abou Ltaif
Communal aggression in divided societies: the case of Lebanon

Ashley Murchison
Aim for the heart? A study of New Zealand voter's responses to emotional appeals in televised political advertising

Laura Southgate
ASEAN and the sovereignty principle: explaining the dynamics of resistance to sovereignty violation

Tadashi Iwami
Japan's identity in international society: Constructing identity as a 'peacebuilding state'

Anthony Deos
Digital diplomacy and social capital: analysing relational components of trust in US and Israeli online social networks

Huseyn Aliyev
The Soviet legacy and post-communist civil society in the Caucasus

Maria Pozza
The international law and policy of outer space: a new perspective on arms control

Joe Burton
NATO after the Cold War: explaining the durability of the Atlantic Alliance in a new global context

Leon Goldsmith
The politics of sectarian insecurity: Alawite ‘Asabiyya and the rise and decline of the Asad dynasty of Syria

Penelope Hayes
The fifth Labour Government’s growth and innovation framework 1999–2006: a critical analysis and evaluation

Onur Oktem
Water politics and political culture: Turkey’s compatibility with the European Union

Reuben Steff
Deterrence, global security and the long road to the deployment of the Bush administration’s missile defence system

Mahama Tawat
Two tales of Viking diversity: a comparative study of the immigrant integration policies of Denmark and Sweden, 1960–2006

Glen Hazelton
Regime transition and foreign policy: the case of Russia’s approach to Central Asia (1991-2008)

Paul Winter
Nuclear responses – Countering nuclear proliferation in theory and practice

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Master of Arts (MA) graduates

Joshua Ferrer
Electoral law making, partnership and proportional representation (with Law)

Joshua James
Voting preferences of gay men in New Zealand (with Gender Studies)

Joerg Bendt
'Agenda-setting' in political communications in New Zealand

Beccy Logan
Brexit referendum in relation to immigration policy

Sam McChesney
The relationship between courage and moral pluralism.

Sarah Pfander
Measuring the Impact of Legislative Mandate on Restorative Justice Efforts

Luke Gardener
What effect do macroeconomic conditions have on voter support for governments in New Zealand?

Amee Parker
Democratic theory and education: a New Zealand case-study

John Bailey
China's rise and fear in East Asia

Matthew Stansfield
Justifying RAMSI: geopolitical reasoning, security and New Zealand's involvement in the Solomon Islands conflict

Stevie Jepson
Political theory – exploring gendered split subjectivities and their impact on political engagement

Ben Loughrey-Webb
The welfare reforms of the fourth and fifth National governments: a critical analysis and evaluation

Nicolas Pirsoul
The Mapuche struggle for/of recognition: identity and self-determination in Chile

Sandeep Singh
The role of identity in India's expanding naval power

Juana Diesing
Social media: a solution to declining youth engagement in Politics?

Amy Lewis
A fractured identity, a fractured democracy: the national facet of Ukraine's transition

David Cooper
Rating equity in New Zealand's local government

Chris Ford
High on aspiration, low on implementation: the development and implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy

Albert Green
Chipped jade: political problems of the Dunedin Town Belt, 1900–2010

Josh Hercus
To vote or not to vote: students’ perceptions and attitudes towards national and local elections in New Zealand

Elizabeth Soal
The global financial crisis and the problem of unemployment: a regulationist approach

Ruby O'Connor
Ideologies of the Asylum Seeker Debate in Australia: A Comparative Study

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