BA Dublin Institute of Technology
M.Litt University of St Andrews
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Year of Entry2010
SupervisionProfessor Nick Wheeler, Dr Andrew Priest
My research will examine the the nuclear relationship between the United States and Russia (1991-2010) through an exploration of the nature and role of the concept of ‘trust’. This project aims to assess the patterns of trust and uncertainty between two states over time through an analysis of existing multi-disciplinary work on the idea of trust combined with the case study research. This approach will address the question of how a complex and relational concept such as trust is thought of and dealt with in both IR and non-IR literature, and how the application of theories of trust from across the social sciences and the arts and humanities might open up new ways of thinking about this nuclear relationship.
General Research Interests
US Foreign Policy
Publications and Conference Papers
‘Screening Insecurity: A Cultural Critique of Securitization Theory’ Paper presented at the 9th Annual Aberystwyth Lancaster Graduate Colloquium, 2-4 June 2011.
“Trust and Strategic Nuclear Arms Control: A Study of START I” Paper presented at the 2nd annual ‘The Challenges to Trust-Building in Nuclear Worlds’ symposium, David Davies Memorial Institute, University of Aberystwyth, 14-15 June 2011.
‘Lessons from the INF Treaty” Paper to be co-presented with Prof. Nicholas Wheeler at the “Trust, but Verify” Confidence and Distrust from Détente to the End of the Cold War Conference, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars & German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, 7-9 Nov 2011.