Andrew Payne

Andrew Payne

Hedley Bull Research Fellow in International Relations
St Anne's College

Andrew Payne's primary research interest is the impact of electoral politics on U.S. decision-making in war. Drawing on his doctoral project at Oxford, he examines how the electoral cycle constrains presidential decisions to escalate ongoing conflicts and subsequent efforts to bring them to a peaceful resolution. Using extensive archival material and interviews with dozens of senior officials, he explores how electoral pressures affected the nature and timing of key decisions during the wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. His broader interests include U.S. foreign policy, international security, civil-military relations, and diplomatic history since 1945. His most recent publication is a forthcoming article in International Security on electoral politics and the Iraq War. In addition to his academic work, Andrew serves on the board of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).


214 - International Relations 

212 - International Relations in the Era of the Two World Wars

213 - International Relations in the Era of the Cold War

297 - International Security and Conflict


The Development of the International System and Contemporary Debates in International Relations Theory

"Presidents, Politics and Foreign Policy: Electoral Constraints and the Endgame in Iraq," International Security (Forthcoming Winter 2019)

"The Cold War in the Middle East," in Louise Fawcett (ed.) International Relations of the Middle East, 5th edn, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) [With Peter Sluglett]