Zenel Garcia

Zenel Garcia

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the International Relations program at the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. Through a joint degree program, I received an M.A. in Asian Studies in 2014 for which I received the best M.A. Thesis award. Additionally, in 2016 I received an M.A. in International Studies from the International Relations Program. My major fields are Foreign Policy and Security Studies with a minor in Comparative Area Studies.

I characterize my research as broadly incorporating two interrelated processes: regional formation and transformation as well as conflict resolution mechanisms. Past publications and current research projects assess the following: how securitization and desecuritization dynamics affect strategic choice; how foreign policy role conception is influenced by endogenous and exogenous factors and how they are contested by regional and systemic actors; and lastly, how national interests, expressed through foreign policy preferences, are affected by domestic and systemic forces and consequently influence the discourse that constitute political and economic regions. Collectively, these publications and projects evaluate the effects of these dynamics on regional formation and transformation processes as well as conflict resolution mechanisms.