Andrew Payne

 Andrew Payne


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

Academic Profile

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 as on the board of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Teaching specialism, interests and experience


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


'"All About Politics?" Electoral Constraints and the Endgame in Iraq,' International Security (Forthcoming Winter 2019/20)

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)