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Dr Wehner is Reader in Foreign Policy Analysis since May 2019 and Vicepresident (elect) of the International Studies Association (ISA) (2021-2022). Leslie joined the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies as Senior Lecturer (2015-2019) and previously, he was Senior Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (2012-2014).

Leslie lectured foreign policy analysis, international political economy, comparative regionalism and international politics of Latin America in different German Universities, such as the University of Kiel, Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Hamburg.

Leslie did his first degrees at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and his postgraduate work at the University of Essex and Lund University. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg.

His specific areas of interest include role theory in foreign policy analysis and international political economy, emerging powers (BRICS), the nexus of populism and foreign policy, Leadership Trait Analysis, and the foreign policies and foreign economic policies of Latin American states, and regional cooperation in Latin America. Leslie is also member of the editorial board of the Journal of Politics in Latin America (JPLA) and Foreign Policy Analysis. He is also Member of the Long Range Planning Committe at the ISA-International Studies Association for the period 2019-2021. Previous to this latter appointment, Leslie also served as At-Large Officer of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section at the ISA-International Studies Association in 2016-2017.

Leslie has authored a book, Explaining Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Cases from Latin America (2010) with the editorial NOMOS, several book chapters, and some of his most recent peer reviewed articles have been published in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review,  International Politics, Journal of International Relations and Development, and Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis.

Willing to supervise PhD

Foreign Policy Analysis
Identity and Role Theory
Emerging and Declining Powers
Narratives in Foreign Policy Analysis
Leaders and Leadership in Foreign Policy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Universität Hamburg

Master of Arts, Lund University

Master of Arts, University of Essex

Bachelor of Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Bachelor of Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Research Output

Chile's Soft Misplaced Regional Identity

Wehner, L., 2020, In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Misplaced States and the Politics of Regional Identity: Towards a Theoretical Framework

Aslam, W., Wehner, L., Koga, K., van der Westhuizen, J., Thies, C. & de Sá Guimarães, F., 3 Mar 2020, In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs. p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

The Foreign Policy of South American Small Powers in Regional and International Politics

Wehner, L., 2020, Handbook on the Politics of Small States. Baldacchino, G. & Wivel, A. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The role of role theory in International Political Economy

Thies, C. & Wehner, L., 2019, In : Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 32, 6, p. 712-733 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Los desafíos de seguridad para Chile: definiciones para escenarios múltiples

Translated title of the contribution: Chile's security challenges: Concepts for multiple security situationsWehner, L. & Baeza, J., 2018, In : Revista de Estudios en Seguridad Internacional. 4, 1, p. 19-35

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Between Institutional Feedback and Role Making: Role Institutionalisation of the Post-Lisbon EU Council Rotating Presidency

Author: Nasieniak, M., 24 May 2017

Supervisor: Wehner, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD