The aim of my thesis is to attempt to explain the uneven historical and geographical development of defence cooperation initiatives in Europe, particularly those distinguished by features of mutual dependence. I am also interested in understanding how states are able to cooperate closely in such sensitive areas of national policy. In terms of theory, I am interested in contributing to the developement of a realist or 'solidified constructivism' and the potential for critical realism to underpin a theoretical synthesis that is able to consider material, ideational and historical factors in the study of social phenomena in world politics.
I am also interested in British politics, particularly foreign policy, including Britain's membership of the EU and US-UK relations.
Research interests (short)
Franco-British and other examples of European defence cooperation distinguished by features of mutual dependence. CSDP, CFSP. British politics, particularly foreign policy - EU and UK-US relationship.
After graduation from Cambridge I spent four years in Brussels, as a stagiaire at the European Commission, Political Assistant to Diana Wallis MEP, and finally as Head of Media for the British Liberal Democrat MEPs.
In 2005 I served as Chief Press Officer for the Britain in Europe campaign, after which I became Foreign Affairs and Defence Adviser to the Liberal Democrats at Westminster, working up to the 2010 General Election. I have also worked in commercial public affairs roles in both Brussels and London.
In 2008 I was invited by the United States Department of State to join their International Vistor Leadership Programme, witnessing first-hand the campaign and election of President Obama.
In Autmn 2010 I was a Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris where I authored the paper, "Franco-British military cooperation: a new engine for European defence?'.
I am currently Chair of the Liberal Democrat policy working group on Europe.
Master of Philosophy, History of Political Thought, University of Cambridge
Award Date: 1 Jan 2000
Bachelor of Arts, Politics, University of Sheffield
Award Date: 1 Jan 1999
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