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Dr Maria Mälksoo

Senior Lecturer in International Security

Brussels School of International Studies

Maria Mälksoo convenes the MA in International Conflict and Security and is the Director of Research and Ethics at the BSIS. She teaches the modules Foreign Policy Analysis, Conflict and Security, and Critical Approaches to Security.

Maria Mälksoo earned her PhD in International Studies at the University of Cambridge (2008). Before joining BSIS, she worked as Senior Researcher in International Relations at the University of Tartu in her native Estonia. She has held post-doctoral research fellowships at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (2015), Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (2012), and the University of Tartu (2010-2014). Dr Mälksoo has policy experience from the Estonian Ministry of Defence, International Centre for Defence Studies in Tallinn, and the Office of the President of Estonia. She is a member of the editorial boards of International Political Anthropology and Contemporary Security Policy, and currently serves at the CEEISA Executive Committee and the EISA Governing Board.

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Autumn 2017:   Mondays 4-5pm and Tuesdays 10-11am

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Book
Etkind, A. et al. (2012). Remembering Katyn. [Online]. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press. Available at: http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745655765.
Malksoo, M. (2010). The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries. [Online]. London and New York, UK and US: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Politics-of-Becoming-European-A-study-of-Polish-and-Baltic-Post-Cold/Malksoo/p/book/9780415499972.
Book section
Malksoo, M. (2017). Kononov v. Latvia as the Ontological Security Struggle over Remembering the Second World War. in: Belavusau, U. and Gliszczynska-Grabias, A. eds. Law and Memory: Towards Legal Governance of History. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Malksoo, M. (2015). The Challenge of Liminality for International Relations Theory. in: Horvath, A., Thomassen, B. and Wydra, H. eds. Breaking Boundaries: Varieties of Liminality. New York, Oxford: Berhgahn Books, pp. 226-244. Available at: http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=HorvathBreaking.
Malksoo, M. (2014). Introduction. in: Saueauk, M. ed. HIstorical Memory versus Communist Identity. Proceedings of the Conference 'The Shaping of Identity and Personality under Communist Rule: History in the Service of Totalitarian Regimes in Eastern Europe'. Tartu, Estonia: Tartu University Press, pp. 9-18. Available at: http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=507876.
Malksoo, M. (2013). Nesting Orientalisms at War: World War II and the 'Memory War' in Eastern Europe. in: Barkawi, T. and Stanski, K. eds. Orientalism and War. New York, US: Columbia University Press/Hurst, pp. 177-195. Available at: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327782.001.0001/acprof-9780199327782-chapter-9.
Malksoo, M. (2013). Decentring the West from Within: Estonian Discourses on Russian Democracy. in: Morozov, V. ed. Decentring the West: The Idea of Democracy and the Struggle for Hegemony. Farnham, UK: Ashgate (now Routledge, Taylor and Francis Ltd), pp. 157-173. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Decentring-the-West-The-Idea-of-Democracy-and-the-Struggle-for-Hegemony/Morozov/p/book/9781409449706.
Malksoo, M. (2011). From Existential Politics towards Normal Politics? The Baltic States in the Enlarged Europe. in: Gora, M. and Zielinska, K. eds. Democracy, State and Society: European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe. Krakow, Poland: Jagiellonian University Press, pp. 249-270. Available at: http://www.wuj.pl/UserFiles/File/FRAGMENTY/Democracy%20fragment.pdf.
Malksoo, M. (2010). The Baltic States' Rocky Road to NATO. in: Bebler, A. ed. NATO at 60: The Post-Cold War Enlargement and the Alliance's Future. Amsterdam, Berlin, Tokyo, Washington D.C.: IOS Press, pp. 29-33.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Liminality and Contested Europeanness: Conflicting Memory Politics in the Baltic Space. in: Berg, E. and Ehin, P. eds. Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations in the Context of European Integration. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate (now Routledge, Taylor and Francis Ltd), pp. 65-83. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Identity-and-Foreign-Policy-Baltic-Russian-Relations-and-European-Integration/Ehin-Berg/p/book/9780754673293.
Malksoo, M. (2007). On and off the border of Europe. in: Juhasoo-Lawrence, K. ed. Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Yearbook. Tallinn, Estonia: Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pp. 77-81. Available at: http://www.valisministeerium.ee/sites/default/files/content-editors/web-static/100/Maria_Malksoo.pdf.
Malksoo, M. and Järviste, L. (2001). Feminismist ja selle võimalikkusest tänases Eesti ühiskonnas [The Compatibility of Feminism with the Contemporary Estonian Society]. in: Ivask, M. and Johanson, K. eds. Eesti naise seisund sillakohtust võrdõiguslikkuse seaduseni. Tartu, Estonia: Korp! Filiae Patriae, pp. 43-57.
Article
Malksoo, M. (2016). From the ESS to the EU Global Strategy: external policy, internal purpose. Contemporary Security Policy [Online] 37:374-388. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523260.2016.1238245.
Piirimäe, K. and Malksoo, M. (2016). Western policies and the impact of tradition at critical junctures: the Baltic states after the First World War and the Cold War. Ajalooline Ajakiri : The Estonian Historical Journal [Online]:337-345. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.12697/AA.2016.3-4.01.
Malksoo, M. (2015). In Search of a Modern Mnemonic Narrative of Communism: Russia's Mnemopolitical Mimesis during the Medvedev Presidency. Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society [Online] 1:317-339. Available at: http://spps-jspps.autorenbetreuung.de/de/jspps.html.
Malksoo, M. (2015). 'Memory Must Be Defended': Beyond the Politics of Mnemonical Security. Security Dialogue [Online] 46:221-237. Available at: http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/46/3/221.abstract.
Malksoo, M. (2015). Mäluseadused ja julgeolek [in Estonian; trans. Memory Laws and Security]. Vikerkaar [Online] 10-11:120-128. Available at: http://www.vikerkaar.ee/archives/13395.
Malksoo, M. (2014). Criminalizing Communism: Transnational Mnemopolitics in Europe. International Political Sociology [Online] 8:82-99. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ips.12041.
Malksoo, M. and Seselgyte, M. (2013). Reinventing 'New' Europe: Baltic Perspectives on Transatlantic Security Reconfigurations. Communist and Post-Communist Studies [Online] 46:397-406. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2013.06.006.
Malksoo, M. (2012). The Leaving of an East European Ideologue: In Memoriam Václav Havel. Diplomaatia [Online]:20-21. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/the-leaving-of-an-east-european-ideologue/.
Malksoo, M. (2012). Hard Memory, Soft Security: Competing Securitization of the Legacy of Communism in Eastern Europe. East European Memory Studies [Online] 9:17-20. Available at: https://helda.helsinki.fi/bitstream/handle/10138/39158/enewsletter_February2012_1_.pdf?sequence=2.
Malksoo, M. (2012). The Challenge of Liminality for International Relations Theory. Review of International Studies [Online] 38:481-494. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0260210511000829.
Malksoo, M. (2011). Debatt: Hiina ja idealismi piirid [Debate: China and the Limits of Idealism]. Diplomaatia [Online]:9-10. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/artikkel/debatt/.
Malksoo, M. (2010). The Memory Political Horizons of the Estonian Foreign Policy. Diplomaatia [Online]:7-10. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/the-memory-political-horizons-of-estonian-foreign-policy/.
Malksoo, M. (2010). Räägi, mälupoliitika [in Estonian; trans. 'Speak, Memory Politics']. Tuna: ajalookultuuri ajakiri (trans. Then: journal of historical culture) [Online] 4:125-128. Available at: http://www.arhiiv.ee/public/TUNA/Artiklid_Biblio/M2lksooMaria_R22gi_m2lupoliitika_TUNA2010_4.pdf.
Malksoo, M. (2009). The Memory Politics of Becoming European: The East European Subalterns and the Collective Memory of Europe. European Journal of International Relations [Online] 15:653-680. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1354066109345049.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Samuel Huntington, R.I.P.: mis jääb ellu, mis jääb mällu [Samuel Huntington, R.I.P.: What Remains]. Diplomaatia [Online]:14-14. Available at: http://www.icds.ee/et/publikatsioonid/artikkel/samuel-huntington-rip-mis-jaab-ellu-mis-jaab-mallu/.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Akadeemilised julgeoleku-uuringud sõja ja rahu vahel [in Estonian; trans. 'Academic Security Studies between War and Peace']. Akadeemia [Online] 9:1768-1781. Available at: http://www.akad.ee/uus/249ws09-09.php.
Malksoo, M. (2008). Kommunismi mäletamise kangrud ja ülevaatajad [The Weavers and Guardians of the Memory of Communism]. Eesti Päevaleht [Online]:3-3. Available at: http://epl.delfi.ee/news/arvamus/maria-malksoo-kommunismi-maletamise-kangrud-ja-ulevaatajad?id=51123164.
Malksoo, M. (2008). 8/8/8 and the Emergence of a New Security Paradigm in the West. Diplomaatia [Online]:2-3. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/08082008-and-the-emergence-of-a-new-security-paradigm-in-the-west-1/.
Malksoo, M. (2007). The First Lady of the Baltic 'Memory Offensive'. Diplomaatia [Online]:12-13. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/the-first-lady-of-the-baltic-memory-offensive/.
Malksoo, M. (2006). Critical Approaches to Security in Europe. Security Dialogue [Online] 37:443-487. Available at: http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/37/4/443.full.pdf+html.
Malksoo, M. (2006). Kuidas saadakse selleks, mis ollakse [How to Become What We Are]. Diplomaatia [Online]:3-4. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/artikkel/kuidas-saadakse-selleks-mis-ollakse/.
Malksoo, M. (2006). From Existential Politics Towards Normal Politics? The Baltic States in the Enlarged Europe. Security Dialogue [Online] 37:275-297. Available at: http://sdi.sagepub.com/content/37/3/275.abstract.
Malksoo, M. (2006). Kollektiivse kaitse tulevik globaliseeruvas NATOs [The Future of Collective Defence in the Globalising NATO]. Diplomaatia [Online]:11-12. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/artikkel/kollektiivse-kaitse-tulevik-globaliseeruvas-natos/.
Malksoo, M. (2005). Shifting the Balance? The US, the EU, and "New Europe" Malksoo, M. ed. Cambridge Review of International Affairs [Online] 18:189-190. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09557570500165261.
Malksoo, M. (2005). Kriisihaldamise kunst või loodusteadus? [The Art or Science of Crisis Management?]. Diplomaatia [Online]:10-11. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/artikkel/kriisihaldamise-kunst-voi-loodusteadus/.
Malksoo, M. (2004). Enabling NATO Enlargement: Changing Constructions of the Baltic States. Trames: Jourmal of Humanities and Social Sciences [Online] 8:284-298. Available at: https://books.google.be/books?id=EFK6cz-ekDUC&pg=PA284&lpg=PA284&dq=enabling+NATO+enlargement+changing+constructions+of+the+baltic+states&source=bl&ots=tlNk263GRj&sig=F-aLCc0vo5kOQ5V98N7dGAJJuxA&hl=nl&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0y6id0_DOAhXCFsAKHUT_Ar8Q6AEIUzAF#v=o.
Malksoo, M. (2002). Eesti välispoliitika tegijate NATO-diskursus 1998-2001 [in Estonian; trans. 'The NATO-Discourse of the Estonian Foreign Policy-Makers 1998-2001']. Akadeemia [Online] 11:2251-2279. Available at: http://www.akad.ee/uus/167ws11-02.php.
Review
Malksoo, M. (2012). Esimene maailmasõda mälestuste kaleidoskoobis [The First World War in the Kaleidoscope of Memories]. Sirp [Online]:4-5. Available at: http://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c9-sotsiaalia/esimene-maailmasoda-maelestuste-kaleidoskoobis/.
Malksoo, M. (2010). Emotsioonid poliitikas – kas riigid on samuti inimesed? [Emotions in Politics – Are States People Too?]. Eesti Päevaleht [Online]:13-13. Available at: http://epl.delfi.ee/news/kultuur/emotsioonid-poliitikas-kas-riigid-on-samuti-inimesed?id=51193583.
Malksoo, M. (2010). Jätkusõjaks Historikerstreitile [The Continuation War of the Historikerstreit]. Sirp [Online]:3-3. Available at: http://www.sirp.ee/s1-artiklid/c9-sotsiaalia/jaetkusojaks-historikerstreitile/.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Book Review. Europe-Asia Studies [Online] 61:175-176. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09668130802533116.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Hingestatuma maailmapoliitika poole [Towards a More Spirited World Politics]. Diplomaatia [Online]:16-16. Available at: http://www.diplomaatia.ee/artikkel/hingestatuma-maailmapoliitika-poole-1/.
Malksoo, M. (2009). Book review. Journal of Baltic Studies [Online] 40:163-165. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01629770902722302.
Internet publication
Opperman, K. et al. (2016). Brexit Symposium [Open access website]. Available at: http://www.e-ir.info/2016/09/10/brexit-symposium/.
Monograph
Malksoo, M. (2010). Põhja-Atlandi Lepingu artikkel 5 kohaldatavus "uutele" ohtudele [The Applicability of the Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty on the 'New' Threats]. Rahvusvaheline Kaitseuuringute Keskus/International Centre for Defence Studies.
Malksoo, M. (2008). NATO's New Strategic Concept: What is at Stake for Estonia?. Rahvusvaheline Kaitseuuringute Keskus/International Centre for Defence Studies.
Edited journal
Malksoo, M. ed. (2005). Shifting the Balance? The US, the EU and 'New Europe'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs [Online] 18:189-241. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ccam20/18/2?nav=tocList.
Total publications in KAR: 49 [See all in KAR]

 

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Her main research interests are at the intersection of security, memory and identity politics, and critical IR theory. Her previous research has covered social theoretic perspectives of the EU and NATO’s eastern enlargements, liminality in IR, and the conflicts over historical memory between Russia and its former Soviet/East European dependants. Her current research focuses on (i) the nexus between transitional justice and foreign policies on the example of post-communist Russia; (ii) hybrid warfare and Eastern Europe in ontological security debates; and (iii) memory laws and memory wars in contemporary Ukraine.

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Last Updated: 10/08/2017