Jan-Alexander Ullrich

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International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "The persuasive Dragon? - Actors, Strategies and Conflicts of Chinese Petroleum Policy in the Global South. Comparing the cases of Colombia and Venezuela"

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin
Email jan.ullrich@fu-berlin.de

Education

Since 2014

Ph. D. Candidate in Political Sciences -Freie Universität Berlin

2011-2013

B.A. in Spanish Philology -Freie Universität Berlin

2006-2010

Diploma in Political Sciences -Freie Universität Berlin – Otto Suhr Institut / Lateinamerika-Institut

2005-2006

Exchange student -Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela

2003-2006

Political Sciences and Economics -Philipps-UniversitätMarburg

Research Projects / Scholarships

2011-2012

"Foreign Policy Strategies in Project Regions [of German Development Aid]", Contract research, Rosa Luxemburg-Stiftung

2007-2010

"The raise of Public Sphere. The case of Anti-CAFTA Movements in Costa Rica"in:Frontiers in Movement: Social andcultural Dynamics in Central America. Lateinamerika-Institut(LAI) at FU Berlin, Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de AméricaCentral (CIHAC) at Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) and Insitituto de Historia de Nicaragua y Centroamérica (IHNCA) at UniversidadCentroamericana inManagua, Nicaragua(UCA), supported byDAAD

2008-2009

"Popular Economy in Venezuela" / Research-Internship at Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigación, Formación y Documentación de Economía Cooperativa, Social y Pública (CIRIEC-Venezuela)

2005-2007

Community organizing, social movements and participation in Venezuela".Research Group Movimentor- Strategies against Neoliberalism,supported byHans-Böckler-Stiftung

The persuasive Dragon? - Actors, Strategies and Conflicts of Chinese Petroleum Policy in the Global South. Comparing the cases of Colombia and Venezuela"

 


Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Günther Maihold and Prof. Dr. Marianne Braig


The economic development of China in the last decades has fundamentally influenced the processes of Globalization in the Global South. China's simultaneous need for natural resources and new export markets for its industrial consumer goods has also affected the development of Latin American countries and its integration into the International Political Economy.

While the Chinese government is offering loans and direct investments in infrastructure, such as inter-oceanic waterways and railways, ports, pipelines, satellites, highways and planned cities, bilateral agreements with most of Latin American States have assured the entry of Chinese State-Owned Multinational Corporations, such as Sinopec and CNPC, into the petroleum business in the region.

The proposed research project aims to deepen the understanding of the growing Sino-Latin American integration, comparing the cases of two mayor oil-producing countries,Venezuela and Colombia. The research design focuses on the new relationships between actors involved in the implementation of 'infrastructure for oil'-agreements, such as the China Development Bank, the Joint-Ventures of mayor oil companies and its new partners in the host countries. Going beyond the assumption of a top-down synchronized Grand Strategy of autocratic Chinese leadership, the emphasis on emerging networks of multinational politics and its bureaucratic constraints mayexplain the different outcomes in the host countries, and it can offer a broader view on new dependencies, the multiple conflicts, shortcomings, contradictions and failures of the accelerated processes of Sino-Latin American integration.

Articles in Anthologies

(2009) "¡NO al TLC! Movimientos sociales en Costa Rica y el reconocimiento de lo público", in: Coscione, Marco (ed.): América Latina desde abajo: experiencias de luchas cotidianas, Editorial ABYA YALA

(2007) (with Lange, M.) "Soziales Wachstum. Neue Perspektiven in der Wirtschaftspolitik?, in: Holm, A. (ed.) Revolution als Prozess. Basisorganisation und Partizipation in Venezuela, Hamburg: VSA Verlag

Articles in Journals

(2013) "Warten auf den nächsten Caudillo. Schwierige Zeiten in Venezuela", in: LateinamerikaNachrichten 7/2013

(2011) "GoogleMaps contra UNO. Nicaragua und Costa Rica streiten von dem internationalen Gerichtshof in Den Haag um den Grenzfluss San Juan", in: LateinamerikaNachrichten 2/2011

(2010) "The Development of Venezuela's Popular Economy", in: ReviewSynthesis/Regeneration. Magazine of Green Social Thought, No. 51/2010.


Articles in Encyclopedias

(2009) Costa Rican Civil War and Uprising, 1948, in: Ness, I. (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Wiley-Blackwell

(2009) "Bolívar, Simón (1783–1830)", in: Ness, I. (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Wiley-Blackwell

(2009) "Venezuelan War of Independence", in: Ness, I. (Ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, Wiley-Blackwell