John de Bhal

 John de Bhal

Research topic:
Hierarchical orders in the face of rival great powers: the case of US-Latin America relations

Academic Profile

John completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, completing a Bachelor of Arts with specialisations in International Relations, Spanish, and Philosophy. His previous research examined the Obama Administration's approach to the US-Cuba Thaw, looking specifically at the influence of Latin America's 'pink tide' of leftist governments in orchestrating the change of relations between Washington and Havana. His current project builds on these themes, but does so through the theoretical prism of the growing literature on hierarchy in international relations. Specifically, John is interested in how hub-and-spokes hierarchical orders deal with rival great powers.


Spanish (fluent)

Brazilian Portuguese (intermediate)


de Bhal, John, 'Never Thaw that coming! Latin American regional integration and the US–Cuba Thaw', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 40(5), pp. 855-869.

de Bhal, John, (2018), 'More continuity than change? US strategy toward Cuba under Obama and Trump', Contemporary Politics, Vol. 24(4), pp.436-453.