About

Sorina I. Crisan, PhD

Dr. Crisan holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. Her PhD thesis is titled: “The Politics of Intervention: The Role of Psychological Distance in Foreign Policy Decision Making.” She completed her MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and gained a BA in Political Science from Bates College. Crisan is a Prince2 certified Project Manager and she holds an Executive Education Certificate in Communicating for Impact, awarded by the Harvard Business School.

In 2020, Dr. Crisan created Persuasive Discourse as a means to teach about eloquent and persuasive public speaking. Persuasive Discourse not only showcases Dr. Crisan's doctoral work but stands as a platform for related research and interviews with academics, scholars, and practitioners on persuasion, foreign policy, decision making, United Nations, and other international relations topics. Its goal is to share current international relations related research, international practices, and career advice for junior scholars and practitioners. 

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Expertise

Thematic: Communications, Public Speaking, International Relations, Decision Making, Foreign Policy, Military and Humanitarian Interventions, Political Psychology, and Alliance Relations.

Regional: North America and Western Europe.

Country: U.S.A., France, Australia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.

Research & Publications

Dr. Crisan's Articles in Progress

  • "The Role of Psychological Distance in Foreign Policy Decision Making. Case Study: The Iraq War."

  • "September 4, 2009 Kunduz Air Strike and International Repercussions: German NATO Intervention in Regional Command North, Afghanistan."

Dr. Crisan's Book in Progress

  • Working Title: "UN/ORGANIZED: Interorganizational Cooperation and Crisis Management." (The call for book chapter proposals can be read here.)

Dr. Crisan's Published Publications & Blog Posts 

 

PhD Dissertation

The Politics of Intervention: The Role of Psychological Distance in Foreign Policy Decision Making, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, February 2019. Information available here.

Interviews

Switzerland’s UNSC Membership: Interview with Fabien Merz about his Research on Swiss Foreign PolicyPersuasiveDiscourse.com, August 9, 2022.

Insights from Working in Afghanistan & Ukraine: Interview with Cristina Teleki, PhDPersuasiveDiscourse.com, May 31, 2022.

Stronger Together: International Fundraising with Michel Fornasier Helps Give Children a Hand, PersuasiveDiscourse.com, April 25, 2022.

Swiss Education & Hospitality Industry: Interview with Anne-Sophie Delval, PhD, PersuasiveDiscourse.com, March 23, 2022.

Shaping the Practice of School Psychology: Interview with Carol S. Lidz, Psy.D, PersuasiveDiscourse.com, February 8, 2022.

World Politics & UN Peacebuilding: Interview with Sara Hellmüller, PhD. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, January 18, 2022.

 

Human Coding, Machine-Learning Techniques & Discourse Analysis: Interview with David Sylvan, PhD. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, December 16, 2021.

The 10 Writing Rules: Advice from Author Jenn M. Jackson, PhD. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, November 23, 2021.

Studying & Teaching Security Studies in Pakistan vs. the U.S.: Interview with Sannia Abdullah, PhD. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, November 9, 2021.

The Spatial Turn in Peace & Conflict Studies: Interview with Annika Björkdahl, PhD. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, October 26, 2021.

Analysis

How to Succeed in Academia: Career Advice for Junior Scholars from 5 Experienced Academics, PersuasiveDiscourse.com, March 3, 2022.

Afghanistan Governance: The Illusion of Political Inclusion & Stability. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, December 29, 2021.

Public Speaking & Psychological Distance: U.S. Perceptions of South Vietnam & of Its Allies AUS & FR. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, September 24, 2021.

 

Psychological vs. Social Distance: How They Apply to Your Life & to Research. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, August 29, 2021. 

 

Grow Your Research Knowledge & Community. PersuasiveDiscourse.com, July 21, 2021.

 

Afghanistan Beyond ISAF: New International Missions and Shifting Support Actors. Afghanhindsight, June 9, 2012.

 

Has He Really Thought It Through? Mitt Romney’s Pronouncements on Afghanistan. Afghanhindsight, May 24, 2012.

 

ISAF’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Three Weeks Ahead of NATO Chicago Summit). Afghanhindsight, May 1, 2012. 

 

The U.S. Mission in Afghanistan. In General John R. Allen’s Words. Afghanhindsight, April 4, 2012.

 

Ever Wonder What the Opposition in Yemen Wants? Here, They’ll Tell You. Foreign Policy, The Best Defense, April 14, 2011.

 

A Dispatch from the Latest Terrorism Conference: Gloomy Gus News All Over. Foreign Policy, The Best Defense, December 14, 2010.

 

(with Jessica Ramirez) The FATA-lism of a Pakistani Official. Foreign Policy, The Best Defense, September 22, 2010. 

 

Beyond Camouflage with ROTC. ‘Embedded’ in a Training Weekend. BU Today, September 28, 2009. 

 

EU and Industry REACH Different Conclusions. Jane’s Defence Weekly, September 2, 2009.

 

Witnessing Protests at the Iranian Embassy in London. A Summer Semester Abroad Becomes More than Academic. BU Today, June 26, 2009. 

 

Affiliations & Conferences

Dr. Crisan's Professional Affiliations

  • International Studies Association | November 2019 – Present

  • PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner | Internationally Recognized Project Manager | October 2021  Present

Dr. Crisan's Participation at International Conferences

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, Nashville, TN, USA | March 2022

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, Virtual | April 2021

  • International Studies Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI, USA | March 2020 Cancelled