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Richard Maher

Research Fellow, Europe in the World  

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 781




Biographical Note

Richard Maher is a research fellow in the “Europe in the World” research area of the Global Governance Programme at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

He received a PhD in Political Science from Brown University, an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Previously he taught at Wheaton College and the University of Rhode Island and was a Max Weber postdoctoral fellow at the EUI.

His main research areas include international security, the history and theory of European integration, and Europe’s external relations. His research has appeared in International Security, Orbis, and World Politics. In addition to completing his book manuscript on Europe’s role in contemporary world politics, he helps organise the “Europe in the World” Research Seminar Series and Executive Training Seminar.

Research Project

Does Europe Need a Foreign Policy?

Dr Maher’s book manuscript explores Europe’s uneven progress toward developing a more coherent and effective foreign and security policy.

Europe’s ambition to achieve closer cooperation in these policy areas has produced a paradox. European politicians, strategists, and the wider public, support the EU becoming a more cohesive international actor. Today’s global transformations – including shifts in the global distribution of power, the disruptive effects of globalisation, and the evolution in the architecture, function, and effectiveness of global governance – mean that European cohesion on the international stage is more necessary than ever.

Despite this ambition and functional need, there remain persistent political, ideological, bureaucratic, and strategic impediments to greater collaboration.

This project examines this paradox and evaluates Europe’s external relations toward the United States, Russia, China, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, and to functional issue areas such as the politics of globalisation and global governance.