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Dr Pablo de Orellana

Teaching Fellow

de_orellanaK7.11, Department of War Studies,

King’s Building,

London, WC2R 2LS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1675

Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-6pm 


Dr. Pablo de Orellana is an instinctively inter-disciplinary and creative scholar. Raised in four Western European countries and fluent in four languages, he graduated in French and Italian at Oxford before a Master’s in International Relations at Cambridge, leading to a PhD at King’s College London completed in December 2015. His research on how diplomatic communication constitutes the representations upon which policy is made threads together his passion for political philosophy, literary analysis, history and aesthetics. Advanced theoretical approaches are developed and put to work analysing exhaustive and extensive archival research in an endeavour determining how policy comes to understand the political identity of peoples and their contexts. These have so far been applied onto de Orellana’s two areas of regional expertise: Post-War Southeast Asia and contemporary North Africa.

His research interests focus on analytical political philosophy, particularly Nietzschean and Poststructuralist, as well as diplomacy, history and sociology, for he is a believer that the pen is a mighty sword. These are combined with and often parallel to interests in literature, drama, aesthetic theory, poetry, archaeology, and especially art history. Testament to this wide and productive interdisciplinarity, de Orellana has published on diplomacy, North African politics, European affairs, xenophobia and identity politics, Renaissance philosophy, Critical Theory, Art History, as well as reviews, essays and features on contemporary art in peer-reviewed as well as less formal publications.

In relation to his research interests, Pablo teaches in second-year theory modules for both International Relations and War Studies as well as Southeast Asian post-war diplomatic history. He is the convener for the first-year Contemporary Security Issues for both IR and War Studies, and the third-year highly specialised History of Nations, Nationalism and Theories of the State, which he created in 2015.

In addition to his research on politics, art and history, Pablo founded the highly successful Strifeblog and the peer-reviewed Strife Journal based here at War Studies. He is involved in a number of art projects at the Department, including collaborative projects with the Leverhulme 2014-15 and 2015-16 artists in residence. He has edited three books accompanying contemporary art exhibitions. A passionate lecturer and public speaker, in less intellectual moments he is interested in literature, gastronomy, historical maps, archaeology, and discovery on his Vespa. 

Selected Publications & Conferences

The Diplomatic Road to Vietnam: France, the US and the First Vietnam War, IB Tauris, London, forthcoming 2017

International Studies Association Annual Convention 2016, March 2016 ‘Postructuralism and diplomacy 2.0: retrieving how the diplomatic text constitutes representations of subjects and their contexts’ and ‘When diplomacy identifies terrorists: peace, subjects, and territory in the War On Terror in Mali’.

‘When diplomacy identifies terrorists’ Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Counterterrorism Policy, forthcoming 2016

Orellana, Pablo de. “Struggles over Identity in Diplomacy: ‘Commie Terrorists’ Contra ‘imperialists’ in Western Sahara.” International Relations 29, no. 4 (December 1, 2015): 477–99.

IPS Conference 4-8 August 2013, University of Hawaii, paper on 'Contingent identity in diplomatic text or writing and constituting identities through diplomacy'.

'On 'Empire', Imperialism, and Sovereignty', Strife Journal, Issue I, 2013, pp. 23-28

Selected blog pieces: 'Italian Elections Stalemate. Bunga Bunga, Rigor Mortis, A Retired Priest, the Communist and a Clown: an Analysis', StrifeBlog, February 2013;

'Why Faith, Belief and Conviction Still Matter in Politics', The Heptagon Post, October 2011; 'The Crisis in European Identity: Cameron, Sarkozy and Berlusconi', The Heptagon Post, July 2011; 'Berlusconi Turns of the Light', E-IR, February 2011; 'Remember the Western Sahara? Conflict, Irredentism, Nationalism and International Intervention', E-IR, August 2009; 'On International Sponsorship', E-IR, June 2009

Diplomatic Cultures Workshop 9-10 February 2013, University of Cambridge. 'Reading identity in diplomatic text' available online as podcast.

MANCEPT Conference 2012, 5th-7 September, paper on 'Machiavelli the Critic'

IPS Conference, 5-7th October 2011Cumberland Lodge, paper on 'Dissent in postcolonial struggles in South East Asia: Indochina and Burma', co-authored with Robert Farnan.

SSPT Annual Conference, University of Sussex, 16-17 June 2011, paper on 'Dissent in postcolonial struggles in South East Asia: Indochina and Burma'.

Reflections, works by Tom de Freston, Tablo Arts (Cambridge, 2009) art book

Openness, The Artscape Gallery, (London, 2007) art book


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