My thesis The European Union and NATO’s Strategic Partnership: The institutionalization of informal cooperationand established contacts within the myriad of EU/CSDP and NATOinstitutions allows me to continue as a commentator on EU-NATO relations as well as the wider transatlantic relationship. My approach is largely inductive which, in turn, informs my eclectic theoretical deliberations. I follow vigorously coordination, attempts at cooperation and - occasionally - integration of security and defense policy on the ground, in government offices, ministries and at the various NATO and EU agencies in Brussels. I am currently researching and writing a paper ‘Supranationalism and Intergovernmentalism in Decision Making (co-authored with Nikola Tomic): a comparative analysis of the NAC and PSC’. It builds on the intergovernmentalism and supranationalism literature by comparing two institutions that, prima facie, appear similar in design and therefore should adhere to similar theoretical assumptions. I am also pursuing my interest in Security Sector Reform as it pertains to both of these security organizations and the security environment in their quickly fluctuating neighborhood. I have work on NATO and Central Asia and I plan to further venture into SSR as it pertains to the Gulf region and even more timely; the EU’s and NATO’s efforts to engage with the benefactors of the Arab Spring. I also have a great interest in International Organization cooperation in the area of security and I plan to continue my work by theorizing these phenomena with newly significant IO’s such as theShanghai Cooperation Organisationand the African Union. This much undervalued and untouched work is also pertinent to IO cooperation with independent security contributors such as China, India and Russia. With regard this later topic, I am currently researching and writing ‘Trusted Partners and Independent Deployers: developing military partnerships in the 21 st Century’.
University of Sterling Departmental Studentship
Loughborough University Departmental Studentship
CSIG Grant for the conference ‘Effective Multilateralism - The EU and International Institutions’
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