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Dr Wehner is Reader in Foreign Policy Analysis since May 2019. 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), 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 was recently appointed as 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 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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Projects 2006 2018

Research Output 2004 2019

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

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
1 Citation (Scopus)
48 Downloads (Pure)

The Narration of Roles in Foreign Policy Analysis

Wehner, L., 25 Jul 2018, In : Journal of International Relations and Development. p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
policy analysis
foreign policy
role theory

Emerging Powers in Foreign Policy

Wehner, L., 24 May 2017, Oxford Encyclopedia of Foreign Policy Analysis. Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

foreign policy
International Politics
international system

Role Theory and Geopolitical Thinking in South America

Wehner, L. & Nolte, D., 2017, Power Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America. Suarez, M., Villa, R. & Weiffen, B. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 101-120 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

role theory
regional integration
Latin America


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