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Leslie Wehner is Full Professor and Chair of International Relations. Leslie joined the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies as Senior Lecturer in 2015. He is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2023-24). As Leverhulme Fellow, he is conducting research on Foreign Policy Change and Populism. Previously, he was Senior Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (2012-2014).

Leslie is a scholar of international relations who has published broadly in foreign policy analysis, international political economy, and international relations theory. His specific areas of interest include role theory in international relations and foreign policy analysis, emerging powers (BRICS), the nexus of populism and foreign policy, leaders in foreign policy and Leadership Trait Analysis, and the foreign policies and foreign economic policies of Latin American states, and regional cooperation in Latin America.

His scholarly work has been published in journals such as The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy Analysis, Global Studies Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, International Politics, International Relations, Journal of Global Security Studies, and Journal of International Relations and Development.

Leslie is associate editor of Foreign Policy Analysis and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Politics in Latin America (JPLA). He also served as Vice-President of the International Studies Association (2021-2022).

He has also 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.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Social Science, Explaining Failed Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Cases from Latin America, Universität Hamburg

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Master of Arts, Lund University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2005

Master of Arts, University of Essex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Bachelor of Arts, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000


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