Saturday, January 26, 2013
Merhaba! Welcome to my website. My name is Konstantinos Travlos, PhD and I am a Assistant Professor in the Faculty of International Relations at Ozyegin University at Istanbul, Turkey.
As a scholar I focus on international relations and specifically international conflict. I am a believer in the use of multiple methodologies when we wish to evaluate the empirical strength of an argument (or as a lay-person would say, whether it is true), even if right now I am focusing on mastering large-n quantitative methods.
I gained my PhD in December 2013 from the Department of Political Science at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the mentoring of Dr. John Vasquez and Dr. Paul F. Diehl.
My two current major projects is exploring the impact on world politics of the concept of Interstate Managerial Coordination. This concept was developed by me on basis of the work of Peter Wallensteen on universalism and particularism. The second one is a major effort to compile dispute data in the 1715-1815 period. I am also co-authoring a number of papers on related topics.
By selecting one of the pages of this site you can access an up to date version of my CV, information about my research interests and output, information about classes I have taught and are teaching, and abstracts of papers I have sent out for publication or presented at professional conferences. This website, like my career is still pretty much a work in progress and new things and information will be added in future dates (such as access to data used in publications, syllabi from courses etc).
What am I teaching next semester?
IR 315: Peace and Conflict Studies
A general survey of the scholarship on the correlates and causes of interstate and civil wars. It will include a active learning component.
IR 317: Strategies of Violent and Non-Violent Political Conflict
Taught in the past under the title "Military Strategy", this course aims to introduce students to the basic tenets of strategy, focusing in military strategy in war. This semester I will also cover some of the element of strategies for non-violent conflict. The course will heavily feature active learning components, including war-gaming, field trips, and interviews with non-violence practitioners.
What am I researching?
Project 1: Working on a co-authored paper on the impact of Interstate Managerial Coordination among the major powers on the dynamics of the Steps to War framework developed by Paul Senese and John A.Vasquez.
Project 2: Working with Maria Lotito on a paper comparing the Arab Spring with the Spring of Nations
Project 3:Working on paper that seeks to explain under what conditions military mobilization that was done with diplomatic, rather than military, goals in mine leads to war.
Project 4: Editing a multi-disciplinary edited volume for the upcoming centenary of the Greek-Turkish War of 1919-1922. This will include also a substantive chapter for me.
Two other projects are currently under review.
I gave a talk at Bogazici University, which is also the site of some recent violations of freedom of expression by the current goverment.
I co-hosted the 7th Eurasian Peace Science Network Meeting. You can find the preliminary program here.
The Interstate Managerial Coordination (IMaC) data for the Major Power network is now available on this blog. Please click on Research I on the pages tab to get to the links.