Christopher Hobson

Visiting Research Fellow

  • Christopher Hobson
    United Nations University

    Research Interests

    • American foreign policy
    • Democracy and international politics
    • Drug trafficking
    • International relations theory
    • Liberalism
    • Human Security


    Ph.D., Political Science and International Relations, Australian National University
    Master, International Politics, The University of Melbourne

    Biographical Statement

    Christopher Hobson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at UNU-ISP, where he is contributing to the Fukushima Global Communication Program. He currently has two main areas of research: (1) democracy and international relations; (2) human security and natural disasters, with a focus on the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident.

    Dr Hobson previously worked as a Research Associate at the Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University (2010 – 2013); and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University (2008 – 2010). He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of International Politics from The University of Melbourne, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University.

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  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Co-editor with Milja Kurki, The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion (London: Routledge: 2011).

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • ‘Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Democracy’, Democratization (forthcoming, 2012).
    • ‘Liberal Democracy and Beyond: Extending the Sequencing Debate’, International Political Science Review (28pp., forthcoming).
    • ‘Towards a Critical Theory of Democratic Peace’, Review of International Studies, 37:4 (2011), pp. 1903-1922.
    • ‘Roundtable: Between the Theory and Practice of Democratic Peace – Introduction’, International Relations, 25:2 (2011), pp. 1-4.
    • ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, International Relations, 25:2 (2011), pp. 25-31.
    • ‘The Limits of Liberal Democracy Promotion’, Alternatives, 34:4 (2009), pp. 383-405.
    • ‘Beyond the End of History: The Need for a “Radical Historicisation” of Democracy in International Relations’, Millennium, 37:3 (2009), pp. 627–653.
    • ‘Revolution, Representation and the Foundations of Modern Democracy’,
      European Journal of Political Theory, 7:4 (2008), pp. 465–87.
    • ‘Democracy as Civilisation’, Global Society, 22:1 (2008), pp. 75–95.
    • ‘A Forward Strategy of Freedom in the Middle East: US Democracy Promotion and the “War on Terror”’, Australian Journal of International Affairs, 59:1 (2005), pp. 39–53.
    • ‘Rethinking Democracy: The End of Democratic Transitions?’, Melbourne Journal of Politics, 29 (2003/04), pp. 56–67.