My research agenda has two core components. The first centers on regional governance norms and practice within ASEAN and other organizations in the Global South. The second examines interpretive methodologies and methods. You can read about each component and find links to recent publications below. In addition, I am interested in questions of global governance and multilateralism, and have published on those themes as well.

Below I note the publications (*peer reviewed or **editor-reviewed) within each component of my research agenda. Please click the links for copies, abstracts, related commentaries, and more information. For a full list of publications and work in progress, please see my CV.

I. Regional Security Norms and Practice

The core of my research examines diplomacy and governance in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other regional organizations in the Global South. In particular, I am interested in how diplomatic officials understand and respond to conflict and crises. This focus leads me to investigate and theorize governance norms and their enactment in practice. To this end, I have conducted more than 130 interviews with officials at a number of organizations, including ASEAN, the African Union (AU), and the Organization of American States (OAS) My published and in-progress work in this area center on questions of continuity and change in regional diplomacy and governance in ASEAN and comparative accounts of conflict management and regional governance across different organizations. These interests animate my book, Practicing Peace: Conflict Management in Southeast Asia and South America, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Recent Publications:

  • Aarie Glas and David Zarnett (2020), “Regional Organizations” in Fen Osler Hampson, Alp Özerdem, and Jonathan Kent (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Peace, Security and Development. New York: Routledge, pp. 348-366.** Link: Publisher’s site.
  • Aarie Glas (2017), “Habits of Peace: Long-Term Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia,” European Journal of International Relations 23(4): 833–856.* Links: Article PDF; Publisher’s site and abstract.


  • Aarie Glas (n.d.), Practicing Peace: Conflict Management in Southeast Asia and South America. Oxford University Press. Under contract.
  • Stéphanie Martel and Aarie Glas (n.d.) “The Contested Meaning-Making of Diplomatic Norms: Competence in Practice in Southeast Asian Multilateralism” Article under review. *An early version of this article won two awards at ISA Asia-Pacific 2019, including the “Best Paper Award” and “Best New Scholar Award.”
  • Aarie Glas (n.d.), “‘This is not the 90s’: Change in ASEAN’s Normative Order and the Regional Response to Myanmar.” Article under review.
  • Aarie Glas and Marion Laurence (n.d.), “The Evolution of Norms in Practice: Non-Interference in the UN and ASEAN.” Article under review.
  • Aarie Glas and Stéphanie Martel, “Boundary Work, Overlapping Identities, and Liminality in Communities of Practice.” Invited article for a special issue in progress.

II. Interpretive Methodologies and Methods

The second core component of my research is an exploration of the interpretive methodologies and methods that are at the heart of my substantive research. In particular, I am interested in the effects of positionality in the production of knowledge.

Recent Publications:

  • Aarie Glas (2021) “Power, Positionality, and Positions of Power: Reflexivity in Elite Interviewing,” PS: Political Science and Politics. 54(3): pp. 438-442.* Link: Publisher’s site.
  • Aarie Glas and Jessica Soedirgo (2018) “A Posture of Active Reflexivity: Learning from Lee Ann Fujii’s Approach to Research,” Qualitative & Multi-Method Research 16(1): pp. 53-55.** Links: Article PDF; Publisher’s site.


  • Aarie Glas and Alesha Porisky (n.d.), “Insiders, Outsiders, and Credible Visitors in Elite Interviewing.” Article in progress.
  • Aarie Glas and Jessica Soedirgo (n.d.), “Reflexive Methodologies and Methods.” In Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, and Dino Christenson (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Methodological Pluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Chapter in progress. *I am an associate editor of the volume.

For more on related methodological issues, please visit the Interpretive Methodologies and Methods (IMM) Group at APSA, which I have worked with for the last six years in a number of capacities, and the Qualitative Inquiry Collaborative (QUIC) at NIU where I am a member of the executive committee.

Additional Research: Global Governance 

Beyond the two core components of my research, I am interested in questions of contemporary global governance, multilateralism, and the structures and practices that constitute the international system of states. These interests have driven a few additional publications:

  • Aarie Glas and John Kirton (2012), “Global Governance from America, Canada and the Responsible Rest” in Sean Clark and Sabrina Hoque (eds.). Debating a Post-American World: What Lies Ahead. London: Routledge, pp. 221-225.** Link: Chapter PDF; Publisher’s site.

*peer reviewed publication; **editor-reviewed publication

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