My research focuses on how domestic influences affect foreign policy, especially British foreign policy. I wrote my PhD thesis on public opinion during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, and I have published two papers looking at the implications of the new political convention that parliament should have veto rights over major military actions overseas.
My latest work looks at flaws in Tony Blair’s pre-Iraq legitimization efforts, and at how communication imperatives shape substantive foreign policy.
Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq, Routledge, 2017.
‘Two-level games beyond the United States: International indexing in Britain during the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya‘, Global Society, Advance online publication 2016.
‘Interpreting the Syria vote: Three ways parliamentary war powers shape British foreign policy’, International Affairs, 91:5, September 2015, pp. 1123 – 1139.
‘Why parliament now decides on war: tracing the growth of the parliamentary prerogative through Syria, Libya and Iraq’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17:4, September 2015, pp. 604-622.
‘The rise of the awkward squad: Parliamentary war powers and Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy‘, British Politics Review, 10:4, November 2015, pp. 8-9.
When doing something is not an option: Politics, strategy and the British approach to the Syrian conflict, BISA Annual Convention, Edinburgh, June 2016.
‘Public opinion and foreign policy: A constructivist analysis of Britain’s invasion of Iraq‘, ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta, March 2016 and MPSA Annual Convention, Chicago, April 2016.
‘Tony Blair’s failure to legitimize the Iraq War: A deliberative approach‘, Failure and Denial in International Politics: The Millennium Conference, London, October 2015 (speaking notes).
‘The personal and the political: The UK and key Middle Eastern relationships‘, Britain and the World: The personal and the political, University of Leeds, July 2015.
‘Evaluating Tony Blair’s efforts to legitimize the Iraq War‘, British International Studies Association Annual Convention, London, June 2015.
‘Communicability: How the substance and communication of foreign policy can interact‘, International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, February 2015.
‘Still pivotal? Still the first ally? The significance of Syria for Britain’s global role‘, British International Studies Association Annual Convention, Dublin, June 2014.
‘International indexing and two-level games: The significance of US and British media source selection during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan‘, International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, March 2014.
‘Spin-doctors, mandarins and media moguls: How political communication insights advance Foreign Policy Analysis‘, BISA-ISA Joint Conference, Edinburgh, June 2012.