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Ignacio is a PhD student at the Department of Defence Studies since September 2019. He holds a MSc in Theory and History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2016) and a MPhil in History of International Relations from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile (2010). He is a U.S. State Department alumni from the ‘American Foreign Policy’ program (Study of the United States Institute), based at Bard College, New York, 2018.

He is a full time history lecturer (on leave) at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Adolfo Ibáñez University in Santiago, Chile, since 2016.


Research interests

  • History and theory of Warfare
  • Radicalisation Studies
  • Military Sociology
  • The Second World War
  • The British Army
  • Jungle Warfare



The Radical Soldier. Assessing the role of violent behaviour in jungle warfare. British soldiers in Burma, 1942-1945

His research is on the problem of radicalized soldiers in combat, particularly in jungle warfare scenarios. Hence, and with the intention of opening the scope of ‘radicalisation studies’, he is focusing on British soldier’s brutal behaviours in the Burmese theater between 1942-45. One of his most important research questions is to what extent did extremely violent environments affect conventional soldiers conducts on the battlefield.


Dr. Jonathan Fennell