Research Interests: Cognitive biases in international relations; Latin American leftism; US foreign policy decision making processes; BRICS; Economic development strategies; International peacekeeping and conflict resolution
Research Interests: Identity studies with a focus on nationalism; Security, terrorism, 9/11; Political and social theory, particularly post-structuralism; Discourse, rhetoric, narrative, and linguistic approaches
focusing on U.S.-German relationship; NATO policy in Russia's near abroad; U.S.
grand strategy; IR theory and metatheory, especially
Realist-Constructivism, Pragmatist approaches to IR, as well as questions of
epistemology and methodology
Research Interests: Politics
of development; Sustainable development; Water and sanitation; Gender; Global
health; US government development policy; Program evaluation. Regions: Latin
America and Africa.
Research Interests: I
am interested in modern state building, particularly in post conflict urban
spaces. My MA research was on Medellin's periphery comunas and the effects of
hard power policies in enclaves previously absent of any real state presence.
Congruent to this interest is the co-opting of non-state actors in
state-building processes by weak or client-based governments
Research Interests: International Development; Mining/natural resources and foreign direct investment; Environment and development; The global economy; Community/social movement voice in development processes; Transnational advocacy networks
Research Interests: Construction of state-sponsored memory regimes
following political transformations; Memory work; Historical justice; Political transformations in Central and Eastern Europe; Apology diplomacy; Memory as an international export and tool for
nation-branding; Political discourse
Karen Saunders is a PhD student at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests include energy coercive capacity, Russia/Ukraine relations, and transnational crime and corruption. She is also a Research Fellow at Pherson Analytics, LLC, where she trains graduate students as well as US Government and corporate professionals to improve their analysis through the use of structured analytic techniques. Additionally, since 1998, Ms. Saunders has managed and participated in research projects aimed at understanding, documenting, and combating transnational crime, corruption, and terrorism. Her recent research work has included Russian engagement in Africa, organized crime and corruption in Ukraine, threat finance in the Sahel-Saharan region, violent extremist organizations in southern Libya, illicit trade in arms and weaponry from the former Soviet Union, the history of warlordism in post-Soviet Tajikistan, drug trafficking in post-Soviet Central Asia, organized crime and corruption in Russia's aluminum trade, post-Soviet Central Asia's involvement in the African drug and weapons trade, terrorist groups in post-Soviet Central Asia, human trafficking, and domestic minor sex trafficking in the United States and the Russian Federation. Ms. Saunders holds a M.A. in International Development from American University, and a dual B.A. in International Relations and Russian Language and Literature from Tufts University.
Research Interests: Peacebuilding, nonviolence and conflict resolution;comparative politics;theological studies;postcolonial theory;anti-oppression practice;Middle East studies;interpretivist research methods including discourse, narrative, and ethnographic approaches.