Harald Edinger

 Harald Edinger

Research topic:
Fear and anger in classical realism and Russian foreign policy
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Emotions Human nature International order International relations International security Power Political Economy Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Violence, security and conflict 

Academic Profile

I am a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the DPIR and a member of St Benet’s Hall, where I serve as Junior Dean. My research draws on classical realism and the human sciences to gain insights into the role of emotion in foreign policy decision-making. In my thesis, I pursue two linked objectives: first, to demonstrate the theoretical utility of fear and anger as conceptual lenses to analyze foreign policy, and second, to empirically test this framework in a comprehensive case study of Russian-Western relations between 1999-2016. Focusing on affective experience, I argue, can enhance explanations of behavioral continuity and change in Russian foreign policy informed by prevailing IR theories.

Before coming to Oxford, I worked in management consulting and European financial regulation. I hold a BSc in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from WU Vienna and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

I teach the following undergraduate courses at different Oxford colleges:

■ International Relations (core paper)
■ International Relations in the Era of the Cold War
■ Politics in Russia and the Former Soviet Union
■ International Security and Conflict

I have also taught tutorials on Russian and Soviet foreign policy for the Stanford Overseas Studies Program and a summer school course on International Relations.



Sir Richard Stapley Trust | research grant (Oct. 2018)

Sidney Perry Foundation | research grant (Apr. 2018)

University of Oxford | Santander Academic Travel Award (Apr. 2018)

St Antony’s College | STAR research and travel award (Mar. 2017)

SAIS Europe | C. Grove Haines Prize for best paper in IR, Class of 2013 (May 2013)

SAIS Washington | scholarship towards second year tuition (May 2013)

SAIS Europe | Oesterreichische Nationalbank scholarship towards first year tuition (Apr. 2012)


'Bored Enough Yet? International Order, Ideology, and What Could Get History Started Again.' International Affairs 94, no. 1 (2018)

'Tajikistan: Political Economy of Drug Addiction.' The Public Sphere 3, no. 1 (2016)

'War Through the Back Door: The Treatment of Cyber Attacks under International Law.' Homeland Defense and Civil Support Journal 3, no. 2 (2014)

Conference Papers and Presentations

'Fear and Loathing in Moscow: Tracing Emotions in Russian Foreign Policy, 1999-2008'
International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto (Mar. 2019)

'Human Nature, After All: The Role of Emotions in Classical Realism'
International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco (Apr. 2018)