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Hast, Susanna

Genealogy of the Concept of Sphere of Influence: Practices of the Cold War

This paper tackles one of the "episodes" of my PhD Thesis on the genealogy of the concept of sphere of influence, the Cold War period. I will reveal how the present discourses on spheres of influence are linked to a geographical location, Russia, and to a specific period in history, the Cold War. The Cold War interpretation of the concept of sphere of influence creates a captivity where the concept is understood in very narrow terms and Russian foreign policy of the 21st Century becomes one of implementing imperial ambitions. To explore the genealogy, that is, the history of the concept of sphere of influence during the Cold War, I shall present some significant texts of the time along with an inquiry into the Cuban missile crisis in the early 1960s.  I draw heavily on the writers of the so called English School of International Relations (ES) due to their theoretical and empirical, yet implicit and unnoticed, contribution to the genealogy of sphere of influence. Not only where the ES scholars writing theory of international society but also many important works were written during the chill of the Cold War.

Friday 30 Oct, 13.45-15.45 SESSION 5
Panel: The Transfer of Knowledge and Changing Values / chair

Saturday 31 Oct 9.30 -11.30 SESSION 7
Panel: The Old World Order: Reassessments and Re-conceptualisations