Foreign Policy

My foreign policy interests:

The first is the interplay between Congress and the President in the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, specifically when and why does Congress involve itself in U.S. foreign policy? In a recent paper on the War Powers Resolution, I examined the difficulties Congressional policy entrepreneurs face in corralling what John Kingdon described as “policy streams” and finding the right “window of opportunity.” I am also interested in what drives the call for sanctions in US and EU politics.

The second is how foreign policies change. In my Master’s thesis on foreign policy change,  I utilized punctuated equilibrium theory to show how long-standing isolation policies toward Communist China, Iran, and Cuba have changed and why U.S. foreign policy toward a state like North Korea remains unchanged. I am also interested in how a lack of diplomatic relations affects sanctions (if at all).

My third interest is how other countries allied with the United States construct their own foreign policies and how U.S. foreign policy influences how countries develop their foreign policies. I have been particularly interested in regionalism and how Italian foreign policy has adapted to U.S. foreign policy and EU regionalism as well as instability in the Middle East and North Africa. I attempted to look at how Italian foreign policy made use of multilateral “tools” to achieve foreign policy goals and Italian national interests. I am also interested in regionalism in Southeast Asia, specifically how ASEAN complicates (rather than helps) domestic politics and international relations.