Dr Tatevik Mnatskanyan

Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance

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Dr Tatevik Mnatsakanyan teaches the modules International Security; Peace-building; and Introduction to Diplomacy; as well as contributes to the module Diplomacy: Policy, Practice and Procedures.

Tatevik completed her PhD in Politics (International Relations) at the University of Exeter in 2015, and joined The Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance, University of Loughborough London in 2016. Before joining the Academy, Tatevik taught undergraduate courses in International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter. She also has several years of experience working for the World Bank Yerevan Office and the Embassy of Armenia, London. She draws on both her work experience and education in several disciplines to inform her teaching and research. 
 
Tatevik's specialism is in theories of International Relations and Diplomacy, and the study of security, with a particular emphasis on critical approaches. Her research is focused on US and UK foreign/security policy, while her developing research includes dialogical approaches to normative international relation and diplomacy, critical risk and resilience studies, as well as Russia-West relations and the former Soviet space.

Academic background

Tatevik completed her PhD in Politics (International Relations) at the University of Exeter, UK in 2015. She also holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, London, and an MA in Political Science and International Studies from the American University of Armenia. Her undergraduate education was in Linguistics and Area Studies, from Brusov State University of Languages and Social Sciences, Armenia. 
 
Tatevik gained several years of teaching experience at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, during and after completion of her PhD, before joining Loughborough University London.

Current research and collaborations

Tatevik is currently working on a book project advancing here PhD thesis. Drawing on the philosophy of Mikhail Bakhtin and critically building on post-structuralist approaches to security, she develops a theoretical framework for treating the transformation of foreign and security discourses relationally to understand their impact on policy outcomes. Applying the framework to “war on terror” in the US and the UK, and moving beyond the question how “war on terror” was initially constructed and legitimised, the book asks why “war on terror” endured and transmuted into new forms, despite significant public critique in both countries. It argues that we must problematise and render intelligible the politically significant relationality of critical voices, those of legitimation, as well as the moderate critique (deliberative voices in parliament and beyond). In such encounters, the book delineates routes through which certain forms of critique have paradoxically contributed to constraints for major change and hence to continuation (albeit through transmutation) of policies sustaining the so-called “war on terror”.
 
Tatevik is also working on journal articles in the areas of securitisation theory, and the nexus of risk and complicity. Tatevik's unfolding research agenda revolves around dialogical approaches to normative international relations and the study of diplomacy; de-securitisations/counter-securitisations and anti-war movements; as well as Russia-West relations. 

Current PhD / research supervisions

Tatevik currently supervises one PhD student, who is researching: 'The Role of OSCE in Conflict Resolution: The Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict as a Case Study'. Tatevik also acts as second supervisor to several PhD students in the Academy, working on themes such as the role of diaspora in diplomatic relations; public diplomacy; protocol, diplomacy and statecraft, as well as information security and intelligence.

Interests and activities

Tatevik has co-founded, edited and contributed to the academic blog/e-journal I Think Therefore IR, an Exeter-based postgraduate researcher initiative dedicated to public discussion and debate. 

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