Andrew Byrne

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Andrew holds a BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago. His research interests are EU External Action, Transatlantic relations, US foreign policy and the politics and institutions of the EU.

He is working on these and other matters as a researcher at the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Edinburgh.

In 2009 he managed the "Ireland For Europe" campaign in Ireland's second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. During this time he made media appearances on RTE (Ireland) and BBC (UK), and contributed to articles in The Irish Times (Ireland), Wall Street Journal (US), Der Spiegel (DE) and TIME Magazine (US).

In his free time Andrew enjoys triathlons, running, film and travel.


EXACT stages
October 2010 – February 2011 University of Cologne
March 2011 – October 2011 The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels
November 2011 – March 2012 Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome
April 2012 – September 2013 University of Edinburgh
PhD research project

An External View of External Action - Perceptions of the EU Among the US Foreign Policy Community.

Supervisor: Professor John Peterson (University of Edinburgh)

Co-Supervisor: Professor Wolfgang Wessels (University of Cologne)

My thesis project is an analysis of how the EU’s external action is perceived by US policymakers. Engaging in a constructivist theoretical framework, the project seeks to understand variation in US elite discourse on the EU as a foreign policy actor. What causes the variation in this discourse and how does this affect conduct of US foreign policy towards the EU?

It's my intention that the answers to these questions will suggest practical policy proposals for the conduct of the EU’s most important relationship as well as posing broader ideas as to how ideas shape foreign policy.

Publications & Conference Contributions

"International Interests - the Common Foreign and Security Policy" (with John Peterson and Niklas Helwig) in: John Peterson / Michael Shackleton (eds): Institutions of the European Union (3rd edition), Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Building the Transatlantic Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: The Case of the Passenger Name Record Agreements" IAI Working Paper 12/06, March 2012. 

"The General Affairs Council: The Key to Political Influence of Rotating Presidencies" (with Piotr Kaczynski) CEPS Policy Brief No. 246, July 2011.

Presented a paper on "US Elites and the EU's Global Role" during “New Frontiers in European Studies: UACES Student Forum” 12th Annual Conference, University of Surrey, 30 June – 1 July 2011.


Other Conference Participation:

European Union Studies Association Conference, Boston, USA. (March 2011)

European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland. (August 2011)

EU Studies Conference hosted by Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, Finland (September 2011)


Research Assistance:

Elizabeth Bomberg / John Peterson / Richard Corbett: The European Union: How Does it Work? (3rd edition), Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

©  EXACT - Marie Curie ITN on EU External Action
Technische(r) Ansprechpartner(in):
Aline Bartenstein
Wulf Reiners
geändert: 16. March 2012
erstellt:  5. November 2010