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
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: Impact of trade deals on energy and environmental policy; Latin American politics; Water issues; “Big bang” technological disruption in the energy space; Petro-states; The efficacy of neoliberal adjustments imposed by the IMF or other national or multi-national organizations
Research Interests: Global governance; Political economy of development with specific focus on emerging donors; Middle power diplomacy; Niche diplomacy; International institutions; International negotiations
Research Interests: International water and fisheries governance in East Africa; Environmental
conflict & environmental justice; Critical theory with a focus on local
knowledge production and questions of legitimacy and power
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: Politics in developing countries; Conflict studies; Nationbuilding; Middle East (emphasis on Syria, Tunisia, and Egypt); Islamist movements and politics of religion, sub-state security threats, and democratization in the Arab political sphere