Dr Ryan Griffiths

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

H04 - Merewether Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4882

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Biographical details

Griffiths' research focuses on three loosely related areas. The first examines the dynamics of secession with a particular emphasis on the international and domestic causes of secessionist conflict over time. 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. The third research area looks at the rise of China, with a general interest in theories of power transition and a more focused attention to the question of whether China will seek to accept, overturn, or modify existing international norms. Griffiths is currently a Visiting Fellow at Yale University with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence.

Research interests

  • Secession
  • Nationalism
  • International Relations Theory
  • The Rise of China
  • Research Method

Teaching and supervision

Current Courses

Current projects

Books

Griffiths, R (forthcoming), The Age of Secession: the International and Domestic Determinants of State Birth.

Articles

Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (forthcoming 2015). Alternative International Systems? System Structure and Violent Conflict in 19th Century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies.

Griffiths, R. (forthcoming 2015). Between Dissolution and Blood: How Administrative Lines and Categories Shape Secessionist Outcomes. International Organization. 69(3).

Griffiths, R., Guillen P., Martinez, F. (forthcoming 2015) Between the Sword and the Wall: Spain’s Limited Options for Catalan Secessionism.” Nations and Nationalism.

Datasets

Griffiths, R & Butcher, C 2013, "International System(s) Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011". Codebook.

Griffiths, R 2013, "Proto-States, 1816-2005".

Griffiths, R 2013, "Secessionist Movements, 1816-2011".

Blog Publications

Coggins, B, Fazal T & Griffiths, R 2012, "Atop the Sovereignty Bubble", Political Violence & a Glance. August 14, 2012.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Mapping the Sovereign State System: 1648-2014; Griffiths R, Gunitskiy V, Butcher C; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

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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Journals

  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2015). Alternative International Systems? System Structure and Violent Conflict in 19th Century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies.
  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review (Print), 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. 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.
  • 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.

2015

  • Griffiths, R., Butcher, C. (2015). Alternative International Systems? System Structure and Violent Conflict in 19th Century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies.

2014

  • Fazal, T., Griffiths, R. (2014). Membership Has its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review (Print), 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. 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.

2010

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

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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