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My research focuses on how domestic influences affect foreign policy, especially British foreign policy, and on British politics more generally, especially the role of parliament and public opinion. I wrote my PhD thesis, now a book published by Routledge, on British public opinion during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq. I have published two articles looking at the implications of the new political convention that parliament should have veto rights over major military actions overseas, with a third on the way. I have also conducted side-projects on international communication and leadership psychology.


Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq, Routledge, 2017.

Peer-reviewed articles

Using Role Theory to analyze British military intervention in the Syrian Civil War during David Cameron’s premiership’, British Politics, 14:4, January 2019, pp. 372-390.

Confidence and caretakers: Some less-obvious implications of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act‘, The Political Quarterly, 89:3, September 2018, pp. 466-473.

The war powers of the British parliament: What has been established, and what remains unclear?‘, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 20:1, February 2018, pp. 19-34.

Two-level games beyond the United States: International indexing in Britain during the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya‘, Global Society, 31:2, January 2017, pp. 293-313.

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.

Other publications

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.

Conference papers

ISA 2015

The House of Commons’ influence over military action: What can we learn from history?, PSA Parliaments Conference, Belfast, November 2018 (audio recording here), PSA Annual Conference, Nottingham, April 2019, and ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, September 2019.

British foreign policy after Brexit: Why Britain intervened in Syria in 2018 and not in 2013, ISA Annual Convention, Toronto, March 2019 (audio recording here) and BISA Annual Conference, London, June 2019.

British foreign policy after Brexit: A two-level constructivist perspective, PSA Annual Convention, Cardiff, and ISA Annual Convention, San Francisco, both April 2018.

Personality and Brexit: Using leadership traits to predict negotiation dynamics (with Victoria Honeyman), PSA Annual Convention, Glasgow, April 2017 and BISA Annual Convention, Brighton, June 2017.

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.

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