Aytak Akbari-Dibavar: Gender, Race, and International Relations

Since the end of the Cold War, international relations theory made great progress by drawing on concepts such as culture, identity, race, and gender. 2016 Foundation scholar Aytak Akbari-Dibavar’s contribution to Race, Gender and Culture in International Relations (edited by Randolph Persaud and Alina Sajed, Routledge, 2018) has brought this approach a step further. In her chapter, “Gender, Race and International Relations,” Aytak examined how gender as an analytical concept can help us make sense of international relations’ big questions: war, peace, and security. She also emphasized how theorizing race and gender together within historical contexts is crucial to get at the different ways that power is distributed globally.


Aytak Akbari-Dibavar is a 2016 Foundation scholar and a doctoral candidate in international relations at York University. Purchase the book here.

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Aytak Akbari-Dibavar

  • Scholar 2016
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Aytak (international relations, York University) is investigating the intergenerational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states,…