Research

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My research interests include international political sociology, (critical) security studies, international order, ideas and ideational change, communication and rhetoric, nuclear (non-)proliferation and disarmament, and international humanitarian law.

My recent publications are:

Senn, Martin and Jodok Troy. 2017. “The Transformation of Targeted Killing and International Order.” Contemporary Security Policy, 38(2), 175-211. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13523260.2017.1336604 (shortlisted for the 2018 Bernard Brodie Prize).

This article introduces the special issue’s question of whether and how the current transformation of targeted killing is transforming the global international order and provides the conceptual ground for the individual contributions to the special issue. It develops a two-dimensional concept of political order and introduces a theoretical framework that conceives the maintenance and transformation of international order as a dynamic interplay between its behavioral dimension in the form of violence and discursive processes and its institutional dimension in the form of ideas, norms, and rules. The article also conceptualizes targeted killing and introduces a typology of targeted-killing acts on the basis of their legal and moral legitimacy. Building on this conceptual groundwork, the article takes stock of the current transformation of targeted killing and summarizes the individual contributions to this special issue.

Mangott, Gerhard and Martin Senn. 2017. “Boycotts, bombs, or bargains? Eine Analyse von Strategien im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Nuklearwaffenprogramm.” Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, 10(1), 13-27. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12399-017-0614-4.

Abstract: Der Artikel diskutiert Strategien im Umgang mit Nordkoreas Nuklearwaffenprogramm. Das zentrale Argument lautet, dass schrittweises engagement, das positive Anreize an die Umsetzung mehrerer Phasen von Rüstungskontrolle bindet, die aussichtsreichste Strategie hinsichtlich einer Verhaltensänderung Nordkoreas darstellt. Strategien der Resignation, der Sanktion und der militärischen Eskalation werden als nicht zielführend oder zu risikoreich abgehandelt. Auf absehbare Zeit kann demnach lediglich das Ausmaß des nordkoreanischen Nuklearwaffenprogrammes begrenzt werden, während dessen Existenz nicht mehr Verhandlungsgegenstand sein kann.

My current research projects are:

– International Order and Rhetorical Fields (together with Markus Kornprobst, Vienna School of International Studies)

– Twitter and the Democratization of Diplomacy (together with Franz Eder, University of Innsbruck)