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Ryan Griffiths

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University of Sidney (Australia)


Ryan Griffiths is a Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on two related areas. The first examines the dynamics of secession with a particular emphasis on the international and domestic causes of secessionist conflict over time. He has recently begun a second book that looks at the relationship between democracy and secessionist outcomes, a project that is being funded by an ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery Early Career Research Award. 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.


Selected publications

  • Griffiths, Ryan; Guillen, Pablo; Martinez, Fernando

    2015.Between the Sword and the Wall: Spain's Limited Options for Catalan Secessionism. Nations and Nationalism, 21(1): 43-61.
  • Griffiths, Ryan; Butcher, Charles

    2015.Alternative International System? System Structure and Violent Conflict in 19th Century West Africa, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. Review of International Studies, 41 (4): 715-737.
  • Griffiths, Ryan.2015.Between Dissolution and Blood: how Administrative Lines and Categories Shape Secessionist Outcome. International Organization, 69 (3): 731-751.
  • Griffiths, Ryan; Fazal, Tanisha

    2014.Membership has Its Privileges: The Changing Benefits of Statehood. International Studies Review, 16 (1): 79-106.
  • Griffiths, Ryan.2014.The Future of Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity in the Asian Century. The Pacific Review, 27 (3): 457-478.
  • Griffiths, Ryan.2014.Secession and the Invisible Hand of the International System. Review of International Studies, 40 (3): 559-581.
  • Griffiths, Ryan; Butcher, Charles

    2013.Introducing the International System Dataset (ISD), 1816-2011. International Interactions, 39 (5): 748-768.