Dr Ryan Griffiths

BA, Berkeley, M.Phil, PhD, Columbia University
Senior Lecturer

China studies centre

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Griffiths' research focuses on two related areas. The first examines the dynamics of secession with a particular emphasis on the international and domestic causes of secessionist conflict over time. He has recently begun a second book that examines the strategy of secession, a project that is being funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award. The second research area investigates the organization of the international system, with a specific interest in sovereignty and different types of political order, historically and in the future. Griffiths is one of the lead investigators on the International System(s) Dataset (ISD) Project, an effort supported by an ARC Discovery Grant.

Research interests

  • Secession
  • Sovereignty
  • Comparative Systems Analysis
  • International Relations Theory
  • The Rise of China
  • Research Methods

In the media

  • "That State of Secession in International Politics", E-International Relations, September 23, 2016. Available here.
  • "How Spain's New Fault Lines Could Shape Catalan Secessionism", Global Observatory, December 4, 2015. Available here.
  • "Democratized Secession in Scotland and Catalonia", openDemocracy, September 16, 2015. Available here.
  • "For Iraqi Kurds, Administrative Status Offers Path to Statehood", Global Observatory, July 21, 2015. Available here.
  • “España entre la espada y la pared,” El Diario, November 11, 2014 (with Pablo Guillén Álvarez and Ferran Martínez i Coma). Available here.
  • “In Light of Scottish Referendum, What Future for Frustrated Secessionists?” Global Observatory, September 30, 2014 (with Tanisha Fazal). Available here.
  • “Where Scotland led, others will follow,” The Drum (ABC), September 19, 2014. Available here.
  • “Why is Statehood So Popular?” Global Observatory, June 27, 2014 (with Tanisha Fazal). Available here.
  • Coggins, B, Fazal T & Griffiths, R 2012, "Atop the Sovereignty Bubble", Political Violence & a Glance. August 14, 2012. Available here.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2016

  • Mapping the Sovereign State System: 1648-2015; Griffiths R, Butcher C; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2015

  • Waves of Democracy and Secessionist Conflict; Griffiths R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

2013

  • Sovereign States: Indonesia and the Politics of Detention; Anderson S, Ferng J, Griffiths R; Sydney Southeast Asia Centre/Collaborative Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Griffiths, R. (2016). Age of Secession: The International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Griffiths, R. (2016). Kurdistan's Independence and the International System of Sovereign States. In Alex Danilovich (Eds.), Iraqi Kurdistan in Middle Eastern Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Griffiths, R., Savic, I. (2009). Globalization and Separatism: The Influence of Internal and External Interdependence on the Strategies of Separatism. In Jerry Harris (Eds.), The Nation in the Global Era: Conflict and Transformation, (pp. 319-344). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Journals

  • Griffiths, R. (2017). Admission to the Sovereignty Club: The Past, Present, and Future of the International Recognition Regime. Territory, Politics, Governance.
  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2017). Between Eurocentrism and Babel: A Framework for the Analysis of States, State Systems, and International Orders. International Studies Quarterly.
  • Griffiths, R. (2016). States, Nations, and Territorial Stability: Why Chinese Hegemony Would be Better for International Order. Security Studies (Quarterly), 25(3), 519-545. [More Information]
  • Butcher, C., Griffiths, R. (2015). Alternative International Systems? System Structure and Violent Conflict in nineteenth-century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies, 41(4), 715-737. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2015). Between Dissolution and Blood: How Administrative Lines and Categories Shape Secessionist Outcomes. International Organization, 69(3), 731-751. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R., Guillen, P., Martinez i Coma, F. (2015). Between the Sword and the Wall: Spain's Limited Options for Catalan Secessionism. Nations and Nationalism, 21(1), 43-61. [More Information]
  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review, 16(1), 79-106. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession and the invisible hand of the international system. Review of International Studies, 40(3), 559-581. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). The Future of Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in the Asian Century. The Pacific Review, 27(3), 457-478. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2013). Introducing the International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011. International Interactions, 39(5), 748-768. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2012). Book Review: Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict. Australian Army Journal, 9(3), 175-176.
  • Griffiths, R. (2010). Security Threats, Linguistic Homogeneity, and the Necessary Conditions for Political Unification. Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 169-188. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R., Fazal, T. (2008). A State of One’s Own: The Rise of Secession Since World War II. The Brown Journal of World Affairs.

Reference Works

  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession. Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2017

  • Griffiths, R. (2017). Admission to the Sovereignty Club: The Past, Present, and Future of the International Recognition Regime. Territory, Politics, Governance.
  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2017). Between Eurocentrism and Babel: A Framework for the Analysis of States, State Systems, and International Orders. International Studies Quarterly.

2016

  • Griffiths, R. (2016). Age of Secession: The International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2016). Kurdistan's Independence and the International System of Sovereign States. In Alex Danilovich (Eds.), Iraqi Kurdistan in Middle Eastern Politics. London: Routledge.
  • Griffiths, R. (2016). States, Nations, and Territorial Stability: Why Chinese Hegemony Would be Better for International Order. Security Studies (Quarterly), 25(3), 519-545. [More Information]

2015

  • Butcher, C., Griffiths, R. (2015). Alternative International Systems? System Structure and Violent Conflict in nineteenth-century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies, 41(4), 715-737. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2015). Between Dissolution and Blood: How Administrative Lines and Categories Shape Secessionist Outcomes. International Organization, 69(3), 731-751. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R., Guillen, P., Martinez i Coma, F. (2015). Between the Sword and the Wall: Spain's Limited Options for Catalan Secessionism. Nations and Nationalism, 21(1), 43-61. [More Information]

2014

  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review, 16(1), 79-106. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession. Encyclopedia of Political Thought. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). Secession and the invisible hand of the international system. Review of International Studies, 40(3), 559-581. [More Information]
  • Griffiths, R. (2014). The Future of Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in the Asian Century. The Pacific Review, 27(3), 457-478. [More Information]

2013

  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2013). Introducing the International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011. International Interactions, 39(5), 748-768. [More Information]

2012

  • Griffiths, R. (2012). Book Review: Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict. Australian Army Journal, 9(3), 175-176.

2010

  • Griffiths, R. (2010). Security Threats, Linguistic Homogeneity, and the Necessary Conditions for Political Unification. Nations and Nationalism, 16(1), 169-188. [More Information]

2009

  • Griffiths, R., Savic, I. (2009). Globalization and Separatism: The Influence of Internal and External Interdependence on the Strategies of Separatism. In Jerry Harris (Eds.), The Nation in the Global Era: Conflict and Transformation, (pp. 319-344). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

2008

  • Griffiths, R., Fazal, T. (2008). A State of One’s Own: The Rise of Secession Since World War II. The Brown Journal of World Affairs.

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