John Helferich

MA International Security, SciencesPo Paris (summa cum laude)

Research Topic:

Overcoming the Community Dilemma: Defence Integration in a Post-Heroic European Union
International Relations Network
St Antony's College
DPhil International Relations


I am a final year DPhil student in International Relations at DPIR researching security and defence cooperation in the Euro-Atlantic community. In an effort to develop a community-based account of European defence integration, my dissertation analyses the social motivations underlying two transformative phases of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy. My broader research interests include International Relations & European Integration theory as well as Foreign-Policy Analysis. As an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary research, my work and thinking are strongly influenced by evolutionary, sociological and psychological approaches to international politics.


I have a great passion for teaching, delivering lectures and curriculum design. In my capacity as non-stipendiary lecturer at Hertford College I am teaching the following undergraduate papers in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE): International Relations, the Politics of the European Union, International Relations in the Era of the Two World Wars, International Security and Conflict. Furthermore, I have delivered the PPE lecture on the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and designed a course on Contemporary European Politics for exchange students at CMRS/Middlebury.