Institute for Social Justice


Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski

Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski

Emilian Kavalski is associate professor of global studies. Prior to joining the Institute for Social Justice, Emilian worked at the University of Western Sydney and has held research positions at Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Aalborg University (Denmark), the Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Ruhr Universitat-Bochum (Germany), the Rachel Carson Center (Germany), and the NCHU Graduate Institute of International Politics (Taiwan), as well as the Andrew Mellon Fellowship position at the American Institute for Indian Studies (New Delhi, India), and the I.W.Killam Postdoctoral position at the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta (Canada). Emilian‘s research has focused on post-colonial literature, European politics, International Theory, Asian affairs, and the post-humanities.

He is currently working on (i) the encounter of International Relations with life in the Anthropocene, especially the conceptualization of and engagement with non-human actors; and (ii) the nascent Asian normative orders and the ways in which they confront, compliment, and transform established traditions, norms, and institutions. Emilian contends that in both these areas the application of Complexity Thinking has important implications for the ways in which global life is approached, explained, and understood. Emilian is also the book series editor for Ashgate’s ‘Rethinking Asia and International Relations‘ series.

  • Articles

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘The EU-India Strategic Partnership: Neither Very Strategic, nor Much of a Partnership’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs 28(2):

    Kavalski, E. (2014), ‘The Shadows of Normative Power in Asia: Framing the International Agency of China, India, and Japan’, Pacific Focus 29(3): 303 – 328.

    Kavalski, E. (2013), ‘The Struggle for Recognition of Normative Powers: Normative Power Europe and Normative Power China in Context’, Cooperation and Conflict, 48(2), 247 – 267.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Brand India or “Pax Indica”? The Myth of Assertive Posturing in India’s Post-1998 Foreign Policy Making’, Harvard Asia Quarterly, 14(2), 44 – 50.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Waking IR up from its ‘deep Newtonian slumber”, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 41(1), 137 – 150.

    Kavalski, E. (2011), ‘From the Cold War to Global Warming: Observing Complexity in IR’, Political Studies Review, 19 (1), 1 – 12.

    Kavalski, E. (2010), ‘Shanghaied into Cooperation: Framing China’s Socialization of Central Asia’, Journal of Asian and African Studies, 45(2), 131 – 145.

    Kavalski, E. (2009), ‘Timescapes of Security: Clocks, Clouds, and the Complexity of Security Governance’, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, 65(7), 527 – 551.

    Kavalski, E. (2008), ‘The Complexity of Global Security Governance: An Analytical Overview’, Global Society, 22(4), 423 – 443.

    Kavalski, E. and Zolkos, M. (2007), ‘The Hoax of War: The Foreign Policy Discourses of Poland and Bulgaria on Iraq’, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 15(3), 377 – 394.

    Kavalski, E. (2007), ‘The Fifth Debate and the Emergence of Complex International Relations Theory: Notes on the Application of Complexity Theory to the Study of International Life’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 20(3), 435 – 454.

  • Book Chapters

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘India’s Bufircated Look to Central Eurasia: Central Asia and Afghanistan’ in D. Malone, C. Raja Mohan, and S. Raghvan (eds), Oxford Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy. Oxford University Press.

    Kavalski, E. and Zolkos, M. (2015) ‘The Recognition of Nature in International Relations’ in P. Hayden and K. Schick (eds), Recognition and Global Politics. Bloomsbury.

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘Inside/Outside and Around: Observing the Complexity of Global Life’ in E. Kavalski (ed) World Politics at the Edge of Chaos: Reflections on Complexity and Global Life. State University of New York Press. 1-27.

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘Complexifying IR: Disturbing the “Deep Newtonian Slumber” of the Mainstream’ in E. Kavalski (ed), World Politics at the Edge of Chaos. State University of New York Press. 253-271.

    Kavalski, E. (2015),‘Observing and Encountering Global Life’ in E. Kavalski (ed), Encounters with World Affairs. Ashgate. 1-11.

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘What Next for the Study and Practice of World Affairs’ in E. Kavalski (ed), Encounters with World Affairs (Ashgate): 415-423.

    Kavalski, E. (2015), ‘The European Union and India: Birds of a Feather or Frenemies for Ever?’ in P.Winand, A. Benvenuti and M.Guderzo(eds), The External Relations of the European Union. Peter Lang. 151-166.

    Kavalski, E. (2014), ’Recognizing Chinese IR Theory’ in N.Horesh & E.Kavalski (eds), Asian Thought on China’s Changing International Relations. Palgrave. 230-248.

    Kavalski, E. (2013), ‘Chinese Normative Communities of Practice’ in X. Li (ed), China-Africa Relations in an Era of Great Transformations. Ashgate. 49-70.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Universal Values and Geopolitical Interests: China and India in the Global Competition’ in N. Genov (ed), Global Trends and Regional Development. Routledge. 280-296.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Acting Politically in Global Life: Security and Its Logic of Resilience’ in D.Walton (ed), Contending Views on International Security. Nova Publishers. 87-101.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Engaging China and Its Foreign Policy’ in E. Kavalski (ed), Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy. Ashgate. 1-19.

    Kavalski, E. (2012), ‘Whither China and Its Foreign Policy’ in E. Kavalski (ed), Ashgate Research Companion to Chinese Foreign Policy. Ashgate. 413-423.

    Kavalski, E. (2011), ‘Looking North: Central Asia and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’ in D. Scott (ed), A Handbook of India’s International Relations. Routledge. 201-210.

    Kavalski, E. (2010), ‘An Elephant in a China Shop? India’s “Look North” to Central Asia… Seeing Only China’ in M. Laruelle et al. (eds), China and India in Central Asia. Palgrave. 41-60.

    Kavalski, E. (2010), ‘The International Politics of Fusion and Fissure in the Awkward States of Post-Soviet Central Asia’ in E. Kavalski (ed), Stable Outside, Fragile Inside? Post-Soviet Statehood in Central Asia. Ashgate. 3-33.

    Kavalski, E. (2009), ‘The Grass Was Always Greener in the Past: Re-Nationalizing Bulgaria’s Return to Europe’ in I.bKarolewski and A. Suszycki (eds), Nationalism in Contemporary Europe. Lexington Books. 219-244.

    Kavalski, E. (2009), ‘“Do as I Do:” The Global Politics of China’s Regionalization’ in E. Kavalski (ed), China and the Global Politics of Regionalization. Ashgate. 1-17

    Kavalski, E. (2009), ‘Making a Region Out of a Continent? China’s Regionalization of Africa’ in E. Kavalski (ed), China & the Global Politics of Regionalization. Ashgate. 177-190.

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