Thomas Biersteker

Thomas Biersteker
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies · Department of International Relations and Political Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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Most sanctions research focuses on the design, threat, imposition, implementation, monitoring, or effectiveness of sanctions. Far less attention has been devoted to understanding how sanctions end or how sanctions relaxation can be utilized to pursue different policy objectives, including negotiated settlements of conflicts. Focusing on the use of...
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Many scholars , policy practitioners, journalists and political observers have concluded that the sanctions imposed on North Korea have not worked. They are correct to observe that sanctions have been in place for decades and that the regime continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Their arguments, however, are overly descri...
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Informal modes of cooperation are a central element of the complex institutional architecture of contemporary global governance. Collectively and individually, the contributions to this special issue broaden the emerging research on informal governance in world politics and provide novel empirical analyses based on unique data. In this introduction...
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While it lags behind the US and China in conventional hard power indicators, Europe is at par with and even ahead of them in some sharp and soft power indicators. Yet it consistently influences below its potential in world affairs. Its ability to leverage its sharp and soft power is hampered by questions of identity, coherence, and leadership, ques...
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Major international events contribute to guiding IR scholarship's interests, yet it remains surprisingly unexplored how transformative political events affect international relations as an academic field. This article focuses on the linkage between key global moments and the institutional factors that condition IR scholarship, focusing on the impor...
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Thomas Biersteker took part in 2019 Gerda Henkel Forum: Values and Interests in Communication Between Russia and The West held in MGIMO-University in late April this year and on the margins of the Forum he was kind enough to give an interview to our editor Vadim Belenkov on effectiveness of targeted international sanctions. Professor Biersteker is...
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The International Labour Organization (ILO) has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to changing conditions throughout its long history. At its centenary, the ILO must once again respond to evolving circumstances and find new ways to engage state and private actors participating in an interconnected global economy where labour standards conti...
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SanctionsApp (available at http://sanctionsapp.com/) is an analytical tool that can be used in real time by both scholars and practitioners who have an interest in examining, or who are working on designing and implementing United Nations’ (UN) targeted sanctions. SanctionsApp is managed and updated at the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate...
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Structured comparison between HSE, TIES, and TSC datasets (prepared as an annex for the JPR data feature on the TSC dataset)
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Targeted sanctions are increasingly used by the United Nations (UN) Security Council to address major challenges to international peace and security. Unlike other sanctions, those imposed by the UN are universally binding and relied upon as a basis for legitimating both unilateral and regional sanctions measures. Encompassing a wide range of indivi...
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Thomas Biersteker graduated from Chicago University (BF in Political Science) and MIT (MA in Political Science) and got PhD in Political Science in MIT as well. Later professor Biersteker lectured in Yale University (1976-1985), South Carolina University (1985-1992) and Brown University (1992-2006). He could be described as a constructivist focusin...
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La création d’un espace discursif mondial dans l’enseignement des Relations internationales est confrontée à trois défis majeurs : transcender l’unicité d’une discipline, surmonter les chauvinismes et intégrer les savoirs pratiques. Nous vivons dans un univers d’ordres mondiaux multiples, qui coexistent et s’interpénètrent. Il nous faut, par conséq...
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International sanctions have become the instrument of choice for policymakers dealing with a variety of different challenges to international peace and security. This is the first comprehensive and systematic analysis of all the targeted sanctions regimes imposed by the United Nations since the end of the Cold War. Drawing on the collaboration of m...
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The imposition of sanctions inherently entails a process of both naming—identifying a target—and stigmatizing and potentially shaming that target. Publicly articulating a reason for the imposition of sanctions creates the possibility of a social response that can produce a stigmatizing or shaming of the target. This is particularly the case since t...
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Drawing on the synthetic, open-ended dialectical approach developed in the Dialectics of World Orders Project, this article explores three global doctrinal debates (fusing ideas and policy practices) in three different periods that have shaped global security in the twentieth century. The article focuses first on a detailed examination of the syste...
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The growing sociology of International Relations literature systematically investigates the discipline's organization and inner structuring. Making the academic field cognizant of its own institutional and intellectual configurations, the literature today empowers scholars to engage critically with the analytical, geocultural, and political lenses...
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Targeted Sanctions Consortium (TSC) quantitative dataset includes all UN targeted sanctions imposed between 1991 and 2013, or 23 different country regimes broken into 63 case episodes for comparative analysis. Data as of 30.6.2014, effectiveness assessment as of 1.1.2014 (for the newest effectiveness assessment, see http://sanctionsapp.com/). For...
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Targeted sanctions are increasingly utilized by the United Nations (UN) to address a wide range of threats to international peace and security, yet in twenty-two years of experience, there has been no comprehensive study of their design and effectiveness. The Targeted Sanction Consortium (TSC) was formed to analyze systematically UN targeted sancti...
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Barry Buzan & Lene Hansen (2009) have filled an important gap in the literature by writing the first comprehensive survey of international security studies. While their work is systematically organized, their analytical framework could be strengthened by giving greater consideration to the complex interrelationships between theory and practices and...
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An analysis of the complex but poorly understood topic of the financing of terrorism five years after the 9/11 attacks. It is the first comprehensive scholarly overview of terrorist financing, its methods, and efforts to counter it.
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The United Nations is often criticized as an institution that is inefficient and unable to respond quickly and effectively in crisis situations and that generally lacks the capacity to adapt creatively to changing circumstances. While some have called for its fundamental reform or overhaul, others have urged its abolishment altogether. Criticisms o...
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International studies is a contested domain, making the attainment of a genuinely global discipline extremely difficult. While there has been a significant broadening of the field, the American study of international relations, like that elsewhere, remains highly parochial: geographically, linguistically, methodologically, and politically. One way...
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International studies is a contested domain, making the attainment of a genuinely global discipline extremely difficult. While there has been a significant broadening of the field, the American study of international relations, like that elsewhere, remains highly parochial: geographically, linguistically, methodologically, and politically. One way...
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Most scholars writing about globalization define it in terms of a dramatic increase in international transactions: from economic exchanges such as trade, finance and investment to cultural ones such as information, ideas and technology. A more useful way to think about globalization is as a basic change in the way major institutional actors think a...
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Journal of Democracy 8.3 (1997) 171-176 The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions. By Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman. Princeton University Press, 1995. 391 pp. A few years ago, in the October 1994 issue of this journal, Leslie Armijo, Abraham Lowenthal, and I wrote about the absence of well-specified theoretical arguments to explain th...
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Leslie Elliott Arm~]o is assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University. Her research interests include the politics of national economic policy making in Latin America and Asia. Thomas J. Biersteker is Henry R. Luce Professor and director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and the editor of a...
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Twentieth-century theoretical debates about the international political economy are situated in their intertextual and social contexts in an effort to illustrate how theoretical debates have evolved and where they might be going. Classic imperialism debates from the beginning of the century are considered, followed by an analysis of the competing p...
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A policy and scholarly consensus is emerging on reducing the role of the state in the economy, but with relatively little consideration of its meaning and potential consequences. Six different forms of state economic intervention are distinguished in this article (influence, regulation, mediation, distribution, production, and planning) and combine...
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Yosef Lapid clarifies the nature of recent critical reflection on international theory and contributes to opening the discourse on the subject. However, he understates the diversity, the historicism, and the critical nature of post-positivist inquiry and exaggerates the extent to which pluralism, perspectivism and relativism have taken root in inte...
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Self-reliance is a logical prescription of Latin American dependency writers and a great many other contemporary critics of the international economic and political order.2 It is based on assumptions and values shared by contemporary critics, employs the same definitions of central concepts, and most important, identifies specific policies designed...
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The paper argues for conceiving international relations, including studies of world political order and disorder, as the intersection and union of behavioral-scientific, dialectical/Marxist and traditional approaches. Each is a tradition of scholarship, with dominant and inferior tendencies, visible in all parts of the scholarly world. A content an...
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During the 1970s there has been a growth in the role of the state and an assertion of economic nationalism throughout Africa. As in the rest of the developing world, most national states have increasingly taken on regulative, welfare and planning functions, and the state has become a major (if not the major) economic actor in many countries [1]. At...
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Ten years ago there was widespread agreement that transnational corporations constrained the exercise of state power in the Third World. During the 1970s, however, there have been increasing challenges to this idea. Neo-conservatives, neo-mercantilists, bargaining writers, and statists have all been struck by the growth of economic nationalism and...
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Self-reliance is a logical prescription of Latin American dependency writers and a great many other contemporary critics of the international economic and political order. It is based on assumptions and values shared by contemporary critics, employs the same definitions of central concepts, and most important, identifies specific policies designed...

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The United Nations (UN) sanctions research project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, analyzes the use and effectiveness of UN sanctions. Between 2009 and 2016, the project was known as the Targeted Sanctions Consortium (TSC). Co-led by Thomas Biersteker and Sue Eckert, it produced an edited volume (Biersteker, Eckert, and Tourinho 2016), several scholarly publications and policy papers (e.g. Biersteker, Eckert, Tourinho, and Hudáková 2013), a qualitative and quantitative datasets of all UN targeted sanctions imposed between 1991 and 2014 (Biersteker, Eckert, Tourinho, and Hudáková 2018), and SanctionsApp, an interactive web- and phone-based tool making the project's results available not only to the scholarly community, but also to policy practitioners, media, and the general public. In 2016, the TSC research project has been transformed into the Graduate Institute's Targeted Sanctions Initiative. Based on research conducted by Prof. Thomas Biersteker, Dr. Marcos Tourinho, and Dr. Zuzana Hudáková, the initiative involves the maintenance of qualitative and quantitative databases on UN targeted sanctions, including the content presented in the SanctionsApp, as well as the conduct of policy training courses, consultancies, and a regular scholarly seminar series held in Geneva. In 2019, the project has been expanded to study all sanctions imposed by the UN since its inception.