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Biography

Eric Sangar is a Research Associate at King’s College London, where he analyses, together with Professor Christoph Meyer, the role of NGOs in international conflict discourses as part of the European project INFOCORE. Previously, he was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Research (IRSEM) in Paris, conducting research on the impact of collective memory on contemporary conflict discourse. Between 2012 and 2014, he worked at the Department of International Relations at the University of Stuttgart, where he taught classes on conflict analysis, IR theory and strategic thought, and worked in the project “Multiple collective identities in international debates about war and peace since the end of the Cold War”. Eric holds an MA degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a doctoral degree from the European University Institute in Florence (thesis title: “Using historical experience: The British Army and the German Bundeswehr in Afghanistan”). 

Research

  • International discourse analysis
  • Contemporary military strategy
  • Collective memory
  • Civil-military relations
  • Media actors in conflict discourse

Eric is interested in the complex social relations that shape understandings and strategies in contemporary conflicts. This can include the relations between the military, state, and society, the role of organizational, national and transnational memories, and the changing role of the media landscape. 

Publications

  • Eric Sangar: Historical Experience: Burden or Bonus in Today’s Wars? The British Army and the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan. Freiburg 2014: Rombach.
  • Eric Sangar: “La présence de la Grande guerre dans les discours: persistance d’une « asymétrie » de mémoire franco-allemande ?” In: La Revue Tocqueville 35 (2), 2014, 119-143.
  • Eric Sangar: “The weight of the past(s): the impact of the Bundeswehr’s use of historical experience on strategy-making in Afghanistan”, in: Journal of Strategic Studies, 2013. 
  • Eric Sangar : La présence de l’histoire dans les relations stratégiques : influence inconsciente ou ressource rhétorique? Note de recherche stratégique n° 16, décembre 2014, Institut de recherche stratégique de l’Ecole militaire (IRSEM), Paris.
  • Christoph Meyer & Eric Sangar: NGOs, Media And Conflict: Conceptual Framework. INFOCORE Working Paper 2014/04.

Teaching

Eric has taught courses on conflict analysis, civil-military relations, IR theory, the evolution of military strategy in the 21st century, and the role of uses of history and collective memory in IR. Eric will be teaching a module exploring the phenomenon of diffusion in the evolution of France and Germany at King's.

Expertise and public engagement

  • Scientific reviewer for the National Science Centre, Poland.
  • Occasional interviews on the German contribution to ISAF.

Eric would be happy to talk on subjects covered by his recent publications.