Author profile: Nikos Lekakis

Nikos Lekakis is potdoctoral fellow in the Department of Politics, University of Crete, Greece. He has ongoing research in both urban and international politics. His recent work highlights the application of US urban politics theories outside North America and the application of international relations (IR) theories to the study of conflicts and rapprochements. Among his IR publications are: Lekakis, N. (2015). Can football loosen the ‘Gordian Knot’in Cyprus?. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics7(2), 255-282 and Xenakis, D., & Lekakis, N. (2018). From Hasbara to the Palestine-Israel Sport Conflict. Diplomacy & Statecraft29(2), 328-351.

The Limits of Soft Power-Sports Diplomacy Templates in IR Research

The Limits of Soft Power-Sports Diplomacy Templates in IR Research

The sports diplomacy templates fail to provide a meaningful platform for understanding the international impact of mega-sporting event campaigns on a country’s soft power

Theory Synthesis in Sport and International Relations Research

Theory Synthesis in Sport and International Relations Research

An inadequate embodiment of IR paradigms exists in contemporary ‘sport & IR’ research as soft power, although highly influential, remains theoretically simplistic.

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