Nicolas Beckmann joined FIU’s PhD program in International Relations in Fall 2014 as a presidential fellow, and became a PhD candidate in June 2016. Before coming to FIU, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Political Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany (2010), and a master’s degree in International Studies at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013).
Mr. Beckmann’s research combines his interests in IR theory and Security Studies with his regional expertise on South America. He is particularly interested in the interplay of international and domestic developments in the area of drug policy. His dissertation investigates the impact of international norms on the drug policies in three South American countries: Uruguay, Ecuador, and Peru. It is his goal to generate new knowledge about how and why drug policy changes happen, and how specific cases receive, react, and implement various policy options. Together with other researchers at FIU and beyond, he is also working on a project to expand the concept of strategic culture, and apply it to small-power politics, and non-traditional security issues.