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Political Science

Barbara Ann Flanagan

Associate Professor

Ph. D., Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003
M.A., Philosophy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, State University of New York-Geneseo, 1997

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Contact Information:

Office:    Psychology Building, 465
Phone:    509-963-2369
E-mail:    flanagan@cwu.edu

Courses Typically Taught at CWU:

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Middle East Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • Political Theory

Research Interests:

  • International Human Rights 
  • Middle East Politics

Selected Publications:

Books:

  • Evolving Iran: The Theocracy Grapples with the 21st Century, (under review)
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross: A Neutral Humanitarian Actor, (New York: Routledge, 2007). Coauthored.

Journal Articles:

  • “Islamic Realpolitik: Two-Level Iranian Foreign Policy,” International Journal of World Peace, Vol. 26, No. 4 (December 2009), 7-35.
  • “Is Neutral Humanitarianism Dead? Red Cross Neutrality: Walking the Tightrope of Neutral Humanitarianism.” Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 4, (November 2009), 888-915
  • “Improving Democracy in Religious Nation-States: Norms of Moderation and Cooperation in Ireland and Iran,” Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 4, No. 2, (2007), 1-36.
  • “US Democracy Promotion: A Comparison of the Clinton and Bush Administrations,” Global Society, Vol. 19, No. 4, (October 2005), 385-408. Coauthored.
  • “Religion and Nationalism: Understanding the Consequences of a Complex  Relationship,” Ethnicities, Vol. 3, Number 2 (June 2003), 215-242.
  • “US Foreign Policy and Enlarging the Democratic Community” Human Rights  Quarterly, Volume 22, Number 4, (November 2000), 988-1010. Coauthored.

Book Chapters:

  • “The Janus Nature of Human Rights in Iran: Understanding the Progress and Setbacks on Human Rights Protections since the Revolution,” in Mahmood Monshipouri (eds) Human Rights in the Middle East (forthcoming, Palgrave)
  • “Encouraging Democracy or Terrorism: The Relationship between American Democracy Promotion and Terrorism,” in Steve Hook (eds) Understanding the Democratic Peace Theory (OH: Kent State University Press, 2010)
  • “Religion, Ethics and Reality: A Study of Secretary General Perez de Cuellar” in Kent Kille (eds) The UN Secretary General as a Moral Authority: Ethics and Religion in International Leadership, (Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2007) Coauthored.
  • “US Foreign Policy and Democratic Transitions,” in Albrecht Schnabel and Shale Horowitz (eds) Human Rights in Societies of Transition, (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2004), 164-188. Coauthored.
  • Book Reviews:
  • “Empire of Difference,” Comparative Political Studies Journal, Vol. 42, No. 5, (May 2009), 698-701.
  • “Religion, Politics, and Human Rights: Understanding the Role of Christianity in the Promotion of Human Rights,” Human Rights and Human Welfare, (March 2006).

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • “Encouraging the Pharaoh to Promote Human Rights: American Democracy Promotion in Egypt under the Obama Administration,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC. September 2010.
  • “The Janus Nature of Human Rights in Iran: Understanding the Progress and Setbacks on Human Rights Protections since the Revolution,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association, Toronto, Canada, September 2009.
  • “Islamic Realpolitik: Understanding Iranian Foreign Policy as a Two Level Game,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 2009.
  • “Is Neutral Humanitarianism Dead? Red Cross Neutrality: Walking the Tightrope of Neutral Humanitarianism,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, March 2008.
  • “Encouraging Democracy or Terrorism: The Relationship between US Democracy Promotion and Terrorism,” Presented at the Kent State University Conference on the Democratic Peace Theory, Kent, OH, May 2-3, 2007.
  • “Improving Democracy in Religious Nation-States: Norms of Moderation and Cooperation in Ireland and Iran,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Chicago, IL, February 27- March 3, 2007
  • “U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar: The Office and the Man,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 1-5, 2005
  • “US Democracy Promotion: Comparing Bush and Clinton,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, March 17-21, 2004.
  • “Religious Nationalism and the Prospects for Democracy.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Midwest, August 28-31, 2003.
  • “Nationalism and Religion: A Complex Relationship.” Presented at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association-Midwest, St Louis, Missouri, November 1-3, 2001.