The role that resentment plays in the understanding of nationalism, drawing from the concept of ‘ressentiment’ in the philosophical works of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, has been applied to  nationalism studies, most notably in the work of Liah Greenfield. Professor Dannreuther’s lecture will expand this exploration more generally to International Relations, identifying the ways in which resentment has historically contributed to configuring global relations, particularly in the current context of a global shift of power from the West to the emerging powers. The scapegoat mechanism, an emanation of the politics of resentment, will also be explored in relation to the challenge of international terrorism.  Overall, this lecture seeks to promote an understanding of International Relations which goes beyond pure power politics to incorporating the independent role of historical memory and the complex ways in which nations and states have been forged through the politics of resentment.

Professor Roland Danreuther

Roland Dannreuther was appointed head of the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster in 2009. He is also an International Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Tbilisi State University, Georgia. He was previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, Faculty Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, and Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His research revolves around the area of security studies and international relations with a regional focus on Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. He also has an interest in the engagement of historical sociology in International Relations. His current research is on energy security and international energy politics, with a particular focus on China’s international energy strategy and the future dynamics of international energy strategy.

Recent publications include: China, Oil and Global Politics (with Philip Andrews-Speed) (Routledge 2011); Russia and Islam: State, Religion and Extremism (co-edited with Luke March) (Routledge 2010); International Security: The Contemporary Agenda (Polity, 2007); ‘China and Global Oil: Vulnerability and Opportunity’, International Affairs, 87:6, 2011: 1345-1364; ‘Understanding the Middle East Peace Process: A Historical Institutionalist Approach’, European Journal of International Relations, 17:2, 2011; ‘Islamic Radicalisation in Russia: An Assessment’, International Affairs, 86:1, 2010; ‘The International Relations of the “Transition”: Ernest Gellner’s Social Philosophy and Political Sociology’ (with James Kennedy), International Political Sociology, 1:4, 2007; ‘War and Insecurity: Legacies of Northern and Southern State Formation’, Review of International Studies,  33:3, 2007.

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