Alexander Astrov received his PhD from The department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research is situated at the intersection of International Relations Theory and Political Theory, focussing mainly on the ideas of order and politics. He published two monographs on the subject and is currently editing a volume exploring the idea of ‘great power management’ as it appears in the writings of the English School of International Relations and contemporary state-practices.
Alexander Astrov is on sabbatical leave in the 2012/13 academic year.
‘The Janitor? Could be!’ in Radical Philosophy: A Journal of Socialist and Feminist Philosophy, 159, 2010: 61-2 (Book-review).
‘Estonia: Political Struggle for a Place in History?’ in Pro et Contra Special Issue on ‘History Politics’, 13, 3-4, 2009: 109-24. In Russian.
‘The States of Sovereignty: “Nature”, “Emergency” and “Exception”in the “Bronze Soldier” Crisis’ in Russian Politics and Law, 47, 5, 2009: 66-79.
‘The Work of Politics in The Age of Technological Reproducibility’ in After-War: Catalogue of the Estonian exhibition at the 53rd International Biennale di Venezia, ed. Andreas Trossek (Tallinn: Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2009): 66-87.
‘The "Return of History" or Technocratic Administration? The Effects of Depoliticisation in Estonian-Russian Relations' in Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations and European Integration, eds Eiki Berg and Piret Ehin (London: Ashgate, 2009): 85-100.
‘On Looking Back', Vikerkaar, 4-5, 2008: 71-80. In Estonian.
‘Monumental Crisis: "Nazis", "Occupiers" and Other Nihilists', in Monumental Conflict: Memory, Politics and Identity in Today's Estonia, eds Pille Petersoo and Marek Tamm (Tallinn: Varrak, 2008): 92-111. In Estonian.
Self-Founded Community: Minority Politics vs. Minor Politics? (Tallinn: Tallinn University Press, 2007). In Russian.
‘Liturgy for the Bronze Soldier: History and Memory in the Shaping of a Crisis', Ab Imperio: Studies of New Imperial History and Nationalism in the Post-Soviet Space, 3, 2007: 427-47.
‘A Pincer-Movement in International Relations Theory: From Political Realism to Neotraditionalism', (in Russian), Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, 43, 2005.
‘The Sceptical Idealist: Michael Oakeshott as the Critic of the Enlightenment', review-essay, Contemporary Political Theory, May 2005: 211-217.
On World Politics: R.G. Collingwood, Michael Oakeshott and Neotraditionalism in International Relations (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2005).
‘Who's Afraid of Deconstruction? Post-debatism and Beyond', Cooperation and Conflict, 2003, 38: 149-58. Contribution to the Symposium on the Handbook of International Relations.
‘Does Estonia Need Foreign Policy?', in Estonian Foreign-Policy Yearbook, ed. Andres Kasekamp (Tallinn: Foreign Policy Institute, 2003): 115-29. ‘
Pondering Dramatic Endings, Probing Possible Beginnings; or Doing Politics as Usual?', Journal of International Relations and Development, 2002, 5: 63-76.
Theories of International Relations: the Classical Debates (fall semester)
Evolution of European Political Order (fall semester)
Theories of International Relations: Contemporary Debates (PhD-level, winter semester)
Evolution of Global Political Order (winter semester)
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