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Robin Markwica

Max Weber Fellow


Markwica RobinEmotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy

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Biographical Note


Robin Markwica is a Max Weber Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and a Research Associate in the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford.

He obtained an MPhil in Modern History from the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College). Inbetween, he held a research fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of Government. 

Robin's research interests include International Relations theory, international security, war and peace, foreign policy analysis, the European Union, constructivist and psychological approaches to International Relations as well as emotion research.

Research Project


Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy 

Robin's book “Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy” (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in February 2018) develops the logic of affect, or emotional choice theory, as a third action model besides traditional rationalist and constructivist approaches. It uses this logic to shed light on the puzzle of why states often rather wage costly wars against a stronger opponent than comply with its coercive demands to change their behavior. Emotional choice theory is evaluated in two case studies: Soviet decision-making during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and Iraqi choice behaviour in the Gulf conflict in 1990-91.

 

 

 

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