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John de Bhal

John de Bhal

Research topic:
Social status and rising powers

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. 


John's MPhil thesis looked at how rising powers understand status in international relations, using the case of Brazil. His DPhil research builds on these themes.


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.