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with Scholars & Professionals who talk about their unique career paths, current work & latest research conducted within the fields of: Communications, Economics, International Relations & Related Topics.

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What is Persuasive Discourse
What is Persuasive Discourse

We conduct and publish interviews with practitioners and academics working in the field of international relations and related areas, in order to:


1. Help connect the policy and research community located in Switzerland and abroadand

2. Inspire the work and career of junior practitioners and scholars. 

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​Abstract: Although much has been written to explain a superpower’s rationale when deciding to engage in a military intervention, not enough research has been conducted to analyze why their allies choose to support such foreign policy decisions. This thesis combines mathematics with social psychology and international relations to describe a ...


Many scholars, researchers, and companies conduct their work within the fields of persuasive public speaking, perception, psychological distance, foreign policy, and other IR topics. In this section, you will be able to read short interviews and articles highlighting the work of young scholars, as well as that of established academics and practitioners, along with their  vision for the future of their field.

About Founder



Dr. Sorina I. Crisan created Persuasive Discourse in 2020, as a means to teach about effective and persuasive public speaking. Persuasive Discourse not only showcases Dr. Crisan's doctoral work but also stands as a platform for interviews with scholars and practitioners working within the field of international relations. 

What our Interviewees are saying about:

Persuasive Discourse & Dr. Crisan's Work: 
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Sara Hellmüller, PhD

Sorina I. Crisan, PhD, interviewed me in the framework of her "Persuasive Discourse Conversations" and it was great speaking with her. She is highly knowledgeable on issues related to #internationalrelations, works in an efficient, reliable, and committed manner, and is just a great human being to be in touch with!

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Sannia Abdullah, PhD

An amazing opportunity to share my personal journey with Sorina I. Crisan, PhD, who started an excellent initiative to interview #women #scholars.

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Cristina Teleki, PhD

Sorina I. Crisan, PhD, is changing #academia and #internationalaffairs one story at a time. As someone who strives to become a good #interviewer myself, it was a pleasure to answer some of Sorina’s questions about #humanitarianwork, #scholarlife and #books.

Illustrations: Courtesy of Sorina I. Crisan, PhD, and photo gallery.

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