Interview with Thierry Balzacq, Professor

Thierry Balzacq joined CERI Sciences Po in January 2019 as Professor. He specializes in IR theory, security, and diplomatic studies, among other research interests. He has recently started a new class at Sciences Po on grand strategy. We are interested in knowing more about him and his research interests.

Can you tell us about your academic background?

I hold a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. The thesis examined the contribution of pragmatism to our understanding and study of security. Before my PhD, I was enrolled in two separate faculties (i.e., Political Science and Philosophy) at the University of Louvain, where I completed two BA and two MPhil, in 1999 and 2000. In 2003, I received a Fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) to undertake postdoctoral studies at Harvard, to work on strategic culture. I became a member of Ian Johnson’s seminar on new approaches to security. I almost stayed in the US, but family reasons brought me back to Europe...


Islamic Networks between South Asia and the Gulf


Over the last fifty years, pan-Islamic ties have intensified between South Asia and the Gulf. Gathering together some of the best specialists on the subject, Laurence Louër and Christophe Jaffrelot explore these ideological, educational and spiritual networks in a book entitled Pan Islamic Connections. Transnational Networks between South Asia and the Gulf (Hurst & Co, December 2017).