The Global Politics Network is an unique international internet platform
where a community of critically-minded students as well as young professional
from all over the world can 'meet' to exchange ideas and theories, read
and publish innovative and exciting papers in a new internet journal dedicated
to global politics and find excellent first-hand information about international
careers and professional development.
The Global Politics Network was founded by students to address three crucial
problems that most ambitious and dedicated students and even young scholars
1) There is a horrific
lack of opportunity for students to exchange ideas and theories on an
academic level with others beyond one's own university, city, country
or continent. Similarly, it is almost impossible for most students to
access new research material of like-minded students especially if it
does not find its way into a book. Students that do not feel fully at
ease with their own department's academic approach to global politics
usually suffer an additional disadvantage.
Hence what is needed is a meeting place for this community of critical
2) Although some conventional
journals occasionally accept articles by graduate students the sad truth
is that many valuable ideas which could be further developed never reach
the public's eye and are being lost and forgotten.
Hence what is needed is a journal that stimulates and preserves
these ideas thus promoting new debates and empowering students.
3) At some point all students try to build a academic or professional
career. However, they always face three common problems. Despite the many
online job sites and career centre databases what often makes the difference
is firstly specific and relevant information that goes beyond stating
the 'usual suspects' (i.e. UN, MNCs, Amnesty), secondly the inside perspective
of the job or academic program which only insiders can give you and thirdly
'career talk' with other people to exchange insights and advice.
Hence what is needed is a place where one can find information about a
much broader range of jobs and programs, get first-hand insider information
about these and have the opportunity to exchange career information and
The Research mission
Apart from addressing these three major problems the Global Politics Network
also aims to embrace and fulfill a particular research mission:
We believe that 'the world is in motion'. Whether we think the world has
changed in the last decade or just our perception of it, old methods,
concepts and approaches need to be critically re-thought. The global politics
network believes that nurturing and promoting a generally more open, interdisciplinary,
less eurocentric and more self-reflective agenda is one essential step
towards addressing the new challenges in the theory and practice of global
politics. Hence it is our aim to encourage new and unconventional thinking
which is too often being marginalized but which we see as crucial for
the furthering of our understanding of the world and our place within
One of the most important elements of the global politics network is to
provide students and young practioners with the opportunity to publish
critical and exciting work and thus to 'empower' them. Too many valuable
and innovative ideas in essays and theses which could spark new approaches
or debates are lost and forgotten because they are produced for a single
professor at worst and the local librarys PhD/M.A. section at best.
But even if articles of that academic quality are being published it is
usually in small journals, unavailable to most people around the world.
Hence through Globalics our online journal we try to remedy
this situation by publishing carefully selected papers (normal essays,
MA and edited PhD theses) while also publishing short provocative and
innovative debate papers which are meant to spark discussion about conventional
views of seeing global politics.
Another crucial concern of the global politics network is with graduates
problems in the world of international careers and professional development.
While more and more graduates seek work related to international issues
information is often either overwhelming, non-existent or of low quality.
Finding local human rights organisations in Ecuador which do not have
web presence, getting first-hand information about the unofficial selection
criteria of the UNHCR in Berlin or the Economist and learning about the
academic climate in Columbias Department of Political Science are
often crucial but unobtainable without any contacts. For this purpose
a career section was created which not only provides links and information
about jobs, internships and graduate programs but more importantly offers
unique first-hand assessments of academic institutions, companies and
other employers by people who actually have been inside.
One main element in building a community is providing the opportunity
to interact with each other. People want to criticise articles, argue
over global politics, exchange advice on job-hunting or just find others
interested in their particular research topic, theory or world view. While
some of features of the website will have interactive elements, the main
virtual meeting place is the forum which serves all these needs.
The people behind the global politics network
The global politics network was founded by students from the University
of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK) and the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich
(Germany). It is international and already counts over 20 representatives
in Universities (inc. LSE, Oxford and Columbia) across Europe and the
US while further expanding. The global politics network is legally represented
by the Global Politics Network e.V., a non-profit organisation registered
in Munich, Germany.
The managing directors
Karim Bakhit firstname.lastname@example.org
Julia Mager email@example.com
Sophie Warttmann firstname.lastname@example.org