Thierry Balzacq

Professor Thierry Balzacq

Visiting Fellow


PhD, University of Cambridge

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Thierry is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD). In 2016, he was awarded a Francqui Research Chair (Belgium’s most prestigious academic title) at the University of Namur, and elected Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He was formerly the Scientific Director of the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), the French Ministry of Defense’s research center (2014-2016), where he contributed to the establishment of a multi-annual plan on security and war studies in France. He has served as an expert to the European Parliament and the European Commission.

Balzacq held a Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2012-2015), where he was also Fellow for “outstanding research” at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. There, he contributed to initial steps in the design of the Center for Security Research (CeSer).

In addition to Belgium, Thierry has taught in France, UK, Cameroon, Niger, Norway, and Vietnam. He has presented over 150 papers at professional conferences and invited seminars.

In 2015, Thierry was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Diplomacy and International Security (valued at CAD $200,000 per year). “Tier 1 Chairs are for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.”

Thierry is the co-convenor of The Global Initiative on Comparative Grand Strategy (GICGS), which aims to develop innovative approaches to the study of grand strategy.

Thierry has published over a hundred scientific works in English and French, on Security, IR Theory, Philosophy of IR, and Diplomatic Studies. During his stay at the APCD, Thierry will be working on three books, one of which seeks to alter our understanding of diplomatic rationalities, by investigating both the symbolic and material forms of diplomacy today.

Thierry’s H Index is 22 (Google scholar citation data).

Professor Balzacq will be in residence at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy from 1 August 2017 until 31 July 2018.

His publications include:-

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies, co-ed with Myriam Dunn Cavelty (London and New York: Routledge, 2016). 480 p.

Théories de la sécurité (Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2016), 508 p.

Contesting Security: Strategies and Logics, ed. (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), 263 p.

“Numbers in Global Security Governance” (with S. Baele and P. Bourbeau), European Journal of International Security (Forthcoming, vol. 3, n° 1).

“Les Global International Relations comme alternative à la discipline hégémonique. Le cas des Relations internationales en France” (with J. Cornut and F. Ramel), Critique internationale, 74, 2017, pp. 69-93.

“Pragmatism and Educational Philosophy in IR”, International Studies Review, vol. 18, n° 2, 2016, pp. 345-348.

“A Theory of Actor-Network for Cyber-Security” (with M. Dunn Cavelty), European Journal of International Security, vol. 1, n°2, 2016, pp. 176-198.

“The Rise of Precaution and the Global Governance of Risks”, Political Studies Review, vol. 13, n°4, 2015, pp. 546-559.

“Securitization: Understanding the Analytics of Government”, in R. Bossong and M. Rhinard (eds), Theorizing Internal Security Cooperation in the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 45-63.

“Securitization Revisited: Theory and Cases”, International Relations, co-author (with S. Léonard and J. Ruzicka), vol. 30, n° 4, pp. 409–431.

Breaking the Silence on Secrecy

The push for total transparency can stifle scholarship on secrecy, claims Professor Thierry Balzacq in an article published in the journal West European Politics.

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