- Professor Juliet Kaarbo
- Professor of Foreign Policy
- 4.21 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 4252
- Research Interests
- Foreign Policy Analysis, political psychology
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Co-Director of the Centre for Security Research (CeSeR)
- PhD, MA, Political Science (The Ohio State University)
- BA, Political Science (University of Oklahoma)
Juliet Kaarbo joined the Politics and International Relations department in 2011 as Senior Lecturer and was promoted to Professor with a Personal Chair in Foreign Policy in 2015. She served as Postgraduate Adviser for Politics & International Relations (2013-2016) and is the founding co-Director of CeSeR. She is an Associate Editor for British Journal of Politics and International Relations.
Julie previously held posts at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the University of Kansas where she served as Director of Faculty Programs in the Office of International Programs, and as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. In 2009, she was awarded a Visiting Scientist Fellowship by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
In 2018, Julie was named the Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis for the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association. She was elected as a Vice President of the International Studies Association for 2022-23. In 2019, Julie won the Best Supervisor Award at the University of Edinburgh.
Julie’s research focuses on political psychology, leadership and decision making, group dynamics, foreign policy analysis, foreign policy roles, and parliaments and coalitions in foreign policy. Areas of specialization include German, British, Israeli, Dutch, Japanese, Turkish, and U.S. foreign policy. Her research has appeared in various journals, including International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, International Studies Review, Political Psychology, Cooperation and Conflict, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Leadership Quarterly. She has co-written multiple versions of two textbooks -- Global Politics and Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective.
Selective Recent Publications
- ‘Breaking Bad: New Directions for Leader Personality Research in FPA,' Research Note in International Affairs (forthcoming).
- The Oxford Handbook of Political Executives, with Andeweg, Elgie, Helms, & Müller-Rommel (Eds.) Oxford University Press (2020)
- ‘Turkish Leaders and Their Foreign Policy Decision Making Style From a Comparative Perspective: A Multi-Method Approach’, with Esra Cuhadar, Baris Kesgin, & Binnur Ozkececi-Taner, Turkish Studies (2020).
- ‘British Foreign Policy After Brexit: Losing Europe and Finding a Role’, with Kai Oppermann & Ryan Beasley, International Relations (2020).
- 'Party Politics at the Water’s Edge: Contestation of Military Operations in Europe', with Wolfgang Wagner, Anna Herranz-Surralles & Falk Ostermann European Political Science Review (2018).
- 'Casting for a Sovereign Role: Socialising an Aspirant State in the Scottish Independence Referendum,' with Ryan Beasley, European Journal of International Relations (2018).
- ‘Prime Minister Leadership Style and the Role of Parliament in Security Policy,’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations (2018).
- Domestic Role Contestation, Foreign Policy, and International Relations, Editor, with Cristian Cantir, Routledge (2016).
- ‘A Foreign Policy Analysis Perspective on the Domestic Politics Turn in IR’ International Studies Review (2015).
FULL CV: Kaarbo_CV_OCTOBER_2020.pdf
Personalities of Political World Leaders This research includes several tracks, including a collaborative project on Turkish leaders and a new project (Breaking Bad) on how leader personalities change over time.
National Roles: Contestation & Socialisation This research extends my prior theoretical and empirical analyses of internal disagreements over national role conceptions and their influence on foreign policy. A collaborative project examines the relationship between sovereignty and roles in the Brexit referendum.
Coalition Cabinets, Political Parties, & Parliaments in Foreign Policy My research continues to examine the effects of coalition cabinets and political party disagreements on foreign policy. I am part of a research team doing comparative analyses of parties’ positions on military deployments and the politicization of security policy in parliamentary votes. We have created and extended a database of deployment votes: http://deploymentvotewatch.eu/.
The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA) Following my editorial work on the Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Foreign Policy Analysis, I am co- editing (with Cameron Thies) the Oxford Handbook of Foreign Policy Analysis. This Handbook aims to re-position FPA to a central analytic location within the study of International Relations.
Recent Professional Activities
Selective Expert Testimony
Written testimony submitted to the Treaty Scrutiny Inquiry, UK House of Lords, July 2018.
Written testimony submitted to the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's Inquiry on Global Britain, July 2018.
Invited witness for the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s Inquiry on the Foreign Policy Implications of and for a Separate Scotland, London, January 2013.
Topics interested in supervising
foreign & security policy * political psychology * political leadership * group decision-making * parliamentary systems * the role of individuals and domestic politics in international relations
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