Andrew Payne

 Andrew Payne

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Research topic:
Electoral Politics and U.S. Decision-Making in War

Research Themes:
Elections Foreign Policy and diplomacy History International relations International security 

Academic Profile

My research examines the impact of electoral politics on U.S. decision-making in the wars in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. I argue that the nature and timing of key decisions regarding military and diplomatic strategy were significantly shaped by electoral pressures in each case. Decisions were delayed, constrained or emboldened according to the exigencies of the electoral calendar, with strikingly little regard for what was considered to be strategically optimal at the time. The research draws on documents, taped telephone conversations and oral histories collected from eight archives across the United States. It also uses material from over twenty interviews conducted with senior officials from the Obama, Bush, Nixon and Johnson administrations, as well as among the top echelons of the U.S. military. My wider academic interests include US foreign policy, international security and civil-military relations.

I am a Member of Council at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). I previously served as the President and Treasurer of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group, and the Sales, Subscriptions and Marketing Manager on the editorial board of the St. Antony's International Review. I earned a distinction in the MPhil in International Relations at Oxford, and hold a double starred first in History from the University of Cambridge.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

I offer teaching in the following courses at Oxford:

214 - International Relations 

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

213 - International Relations in the Era of the Cold War

International Security and Contemporary Foreign Policy (Bespoke Course for Visiting Students)


Economics and Social Research Council 2+2 Award (2015-2019)

Merton College Prize Scholar (2018-2019)

Student Prizewinner at Encaenia (2018)

Richard E. Neustadt Paper Prize, American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (2018)

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library Research Grant (2018)

Cyril Foster Award, Department of Politics and International Relations (2018)

Deirdre and Paul Malone Prize for Politics and International Relations (2017)

Merton College Research Expenses Grant (2016, 2017, 2018)

Merton College Prize (2017)

Cambridge University History Prize (2012, 2013)

Philips Prize, Queens’ College, Cambridge (2013)

Morgan Prize, Queens’ College, Cambridge (2012)


'"All About Politics?" Electoral Constraints and the Endgame in Iraq,' International Security (Forthcoming Fall 2019)

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

"The Impact of Electoral Politics on U.S. Decision-Making in Vietnam" (R & R February 2019)

Conference Papers and Presentations

International Studies Association Annual Conference | Toronto | Mar 2019

US Foreign Policy Working Group of the British International Studies Association Annual Conference | Liverpool John Moores University | Sep 2018

American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association Early Careers Network Annual Conference | University of Reading | Jul 2018 

British International Studies Association (BISA) Annual Conference | Bath | Jun 2018 

International History and Diplomacy of the 20th Century Annual Conference | Rothermere American Institute | University of Oxford | May 2018 

History of War Conference | Sir Michael Howard Centre | King's College, London | Apr 2018 

American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association Annual Conference | St. Anne's College | University of Oxford | Jan 2018 

"Voices of Dissent": Social Movements and Political Protest in Post-War America | Rothermere American Institute | University of Oxford | Jun 2017 

American Politics Graduate Seminar | Rothermere American Institute | University of Oxford | Feb 2017