John de Bhal

 John de Bhal

Research topic:
Brazil, a reluctant hegemon? Beyond ‘reluctance’ to a state transformation analysis of Brazilian engagement in South America

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 this time focusing on Brazil and its role in South America as the region's most important state.


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.