Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Leslie Wehner Venegas

A senior lecturer in foreign policy analysis with a particular focus on Latin America and regional powers (BRICS states).


Dr Wehner Venegas joined the Department in January 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy Analysis. Previously he was a Senior Research Fellow at GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, where he holds an associate fellow status.

He lectured foreign policy analysis, international political economy, comparative regionalism and international politics of Latin America in different German Universities, such as the University of Kiel, Leuphana University Lüneburg and the University of Hamburg.

He did his first degrees at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and his postgraduate work at the University of Essex and Lund University. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg.

His specific areas of interest include role theory in foreign policy analysis and international political economy, emerging and declining powers, foreign policies and foreign economic policies of Latin American states, and the institutional overlapping of regional groups in Latin America.

He is currently a member of the editorial board of the journal of Latin American Politics (JPLS) and of foreign policy analysis.

He has authored a book, Explaining Failed Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Cases from Latin America, and his most recent articles have been published in Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Review, and International Politics and bulletin of Latin American research.

Research interests

  • Role theory
  • The interplay of identity, roles and norms
  • Narrative analysis in Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Rising powers - BRICS and IBSA
  • The foreign policy of Latin American states
  • Regional groups in Latin America


Wehner, Leslie. 2017. "Emerging Powers in Foreign Policy". Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

Wehner L.E., Nolte D. (2017) Role Theory and Geopolitical Thinking in South America. In: Suarez M., Villa R., Weiffen B. (eds) Power Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America. Palgrave MacMillan, London


Wehner, L., 2010. Explaining Failed Free Trade Agreements Negotiations:Cases from Latin America. Nomos.

Book Sections

Wehner, L., 2017. Emerging Powers in Foreign Policy. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

Wehner, L. and Nolte, D., 2017. Role Theory and Geopolitical Thinking in South America. In: Suarez, M., Villa, R. and Weiffen, B., eds. Power Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 101-120.

Nolte, D. and Wehner, L. E., 2015. Geopolitics in Latin America:old and new. In: Mares, D. R. and Kacowicz, A. M., eds. Routledge Handbook of Latin American Security. Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 33-43. (Routledge Handbooks)

Nolte, D. and Wehner, L., 2014. UNASUR and Regional Security Governance in the Americas. In: Aris, S. and Wenger, A., eds. Regional Organizations and Security. Routledge, pp. 183-202.

Wehner, L., 2011. Der südamerikanische Verteidigungsrat der UNASUR:Regionaler Krisenmanager und nationales Machtinstrument. In: Burchardt, H.-J., Ohlschlager, R. and Wehr, I., eds. Unsicherheit in Lateinamerika. Nomos.

Wehner, L., 2011. Roles and Actions of Leadership:Brazil and the South American Others. In: Godehardt, N. and Nabers, D., eds. Regional Powers and Regional Orders. Routledge.


Wehner, L. E., 2016. Inter-role conflict, role strain and role play in Chile’s relationship with Brazil. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 35 (1), pp. 64-77.

Wehner, L. E., 2015. Role expectations as foreign policy:South American secondary powers' expectations of Brazil as a regional power. Foreign Policy Analysis, 11 (4), pp. 435-455.

Flemes, D. and Wehner, L., 2015. Drivers of strategic contestation:the case of South America. International Politics, 52 (2), pp. 163-177.

Wehner, L. and Thies, C., 2014. Role Theory, Narratives, and Interpretation:The Domestic Contestation of Roles. International Studies Review, 16 (3), 4.

Nolte, D. and Wehner, L., 2014. La Creciente Presencia de Alianza del Pacífico en América Latina. Iberoamericana, XIV (53).

Weiffen, B., Wehner, L. and Nolte, D., 2013. Overlapping regional security institutions in South America:The case of OAS and UNASUR. International Area Studies Review, 16 (4), pp. 370-389.

Flemes, D. and Wehner, L., 2013. Reacciones estratégicas al ascenso de Brasil en Sudamérica. Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica, 13 (4).

Wehner, L., 2011. Chile’s Rush to Free Trade Agreements. Revista de Ciencia Política, 31 (2).

Wehner, L., 2011. Developing Mutual Trust:The Othering Process between Bolivia and Chile. The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 36 (71).

Wehner, L., Flemes, D. and Nolte, D., 2011. Una Comunidad de Seguridad Regional en Formación:La UNASUR y su Consejo de Defensa. Estudios Internacionales

Wehner, L., 2009. Más Allá de la Lógica Económica: Poder e Instituciones en los TLCs de Chile y México:Poder e Instituciones en los TLCs de Chile y México. Asian Journal of Latin American Studies, 22 (2).

Wehner, L., 2007. Los TLC de Chile. Estrategias y Tácticas de Negociación. Iberoamericana, VII (28).

Wehner, L., 2007. The Free Trade Agreement Negotiations between Japan and Chile:Causes for Reaching a Rapid Agreement. Japan Aktuell, XV (6).

Wehner, L., 2004. El neopopulismo de Menem y Fujimori:Desde la primera elección hasta su re- elección. Enfoques, 1 (2).

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