Politics and International Relations


Professor Richard G. Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations in the School of Politics and International Relations. He joined the University of Kent in September 2011.

Professor Whitman is also a Visiting Fellow at Chatham House (formerly known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs) and an Academic Fellow at the European Policy Centre. He regularly writes and researches for think tanks.

He was Professor of Politics at the University of Bath 2006-2011. Senior Fellow, Europe (April 2006-April 2007) and Head of the European Programme at Chatham House (April 2004 to April 2006). Prior to arrival at Chatham House he was Professor of European Studies at the University of Westminster and where he was also Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy from 2001-2003.

Richard Whitman is a contributor to leading journals, and has presented many papers and keynote addresses. His current research interests include the external relations and foreign and security and defence policies of the EU, and the governance and future priorities of the EU. He is a lead editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies on the editorial boards of European Security and Studia Diplomatica. He was an ESRC Senior Fellow on its UK in a Changing Europe initiative and leading a project on The interrelationship of UK and EU foreign policy: costs and benefits in 2016.

Professor Whitman is a regular media commentator, working with print and broadcast media at home and overseas. He has been interviewed widely on Europe and European integration. Recent coverage has included BBC radio and television, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Newsweek, Reuters, the International Herald Tribune and the Wall Street Journal. Professor Whitman was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in October 2007 and from 2009-2012 the elected Chair of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES). He is a Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) 2017-2018.

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Rutherford W4.S1

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Available for: Television Radio Print interviews Expertise: BREXIT European Union (politics, foreign policy, enlargement and future priorities) UK foreign security and defence policy UK European Union policy

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Whitman, R. (2019). The UK's European diplomatic strategy for Brexit and beyond. International Affairs [Online] 95:383-404. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiz031.
Bergmann, J. et al. (2018). Introduction: The EU as International Mediator – Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives. International Negotiation [Online] 23:157 -176. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1163/15718069-23021158.
Whitman, R. (2017). Avoiding a Hard Brexit in Foreign Policy. Survival: Global Politics and Strategy [Online] 59:47-54. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00396338.2017.1399724.
Whitman, R. (2017). Epilogue: European Security and Defence in the Shadow of Brexit. Global Affairs [Online] 2:521-525. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23340460.2017.1300066.
Whitman, R. (2016). Another Theory is Possible: Dissident Voices in Theorising Europe. Journal of Common Market Studies [Online] 54:3-18. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12332.
Whitman, R. (2016). The UK and EU foreign, security and defence policy after Brexit: integrated, associated or detached? National Institute Economic Review [Online] 238:43-50. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/002795011623800114.
Whitman, R. (2016). The UK and EU foreign and security policy: an optional extra. The Political Quarterly [Online] 87:254-261. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12249.
Whitman, R. (2016). Brexit or Bremain: What future for the UK's European Diplomatic Strategy? International Affairs [Online] 92:509-529. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2346.12607.
Juncos, A. and Whitman, R. (2015). Europe as a Regional Actor: Neighbourhood Lost? JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies [Online] 53:200-215. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12281.
Rodt, A., Whitman, R. and Wolff, S. (2015). The EU as an International Security Provider: The Need for a Mid-range Theory. Global Society [Online] 29:149-155. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2015.1046422.
Whitman, R. and Juncos, A. (2014). Challenging Events, Diminishing Influence? Relations with the Wider Europe. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies [Online] 52:157-169. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12171.
Whitman, R. (2013). The neo-normative turn in theorising the EU's international presence. Cooperation and Conflict [Online] 48:171-193. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836713485538.
Diez, T., Manners, I. and Whitman, R. (2011). The changing nature of international institutions in Europe: The challenge of the European union. Journal of European Integration [Online] 33:117-138. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07036337.2011.543522.
Whitman, R. and Juncos, A. (2011). Relations with the wider Europe. Journal of Common Market Studies [Online] 49:187-208. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02189.x.
Whitman, R. (2010). The EU: Standing aside from the changing global balance of power? Politics [Online] 30:24-32. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9256.2010.01391.x.
Whitman, R. and Wolff, S. (2010). The EU as a conflict manager? the case of Georgia and its implications. International Affairs [Online] 86:87-107. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00870.x.
Whitman, R. (2010). The calm after the storm? Foreign and security policy from Blair to Brown. Parliamentary Affairs [Online] 63:834-848. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsq028.
Manners, I. and Whitman, R. (2003). The 'Difference Engine': Constructing and Representing the International Identity of the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy [Online] 10:380-404. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1350176032000085360.
Diez, T. and Whitman, R. (2002). Analysing European integration: Reflecting on the English School - Scenarios for an encounter. Journal of Common Market Studies [Online] 40:43-67. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5965.00343.
Whitman, R. (1998). Creating a foreign policy for Europe? Implementing the common foreign and security policy from Maastricht to Amsterdam. Australian Journal of International Affairs [Online] 52:165-178. Available at: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0031693384&partnerID=40&md5=341452bf90600dc8d62d39d240f413a6.
Whitman, R. (1998). From Civilian Power to Superpower? The international identity of the EU. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=252271.
Book section
Haastrup, T. and Whitman, R. (2013). Locating the EU's strategic behaviour in Sub-Saharan Africa: an emerging strategic culture? in: Carbone, M. ed. The European Union: Incoherent Policies, Asymmetrical Partnership, Declining Relevance? Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 57-76.
Edited book
Whitman, R.G., Wolff, S. and Peen Rodt, A. eds. (2016). Theorising the European Union as an International Security Provider. [Online]. Oxford, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/Theorising-the-European-Union-as-an-International-Security-Provider/Peen-Dodt-Whitman-Wolff/p/book/9781138659667.
Marchi, L., Whitman, R.G. and Edwards, G. eds. (2013). Italy's Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: A Contested Nature?. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415538343/.
Whitman, R.G. and Biscop, S. eds. (2012). The Routledge Handbook of European Security. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415588287/.
Whitman, R.G. and Wolff, S. eds. (2012). The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415528726/.
Whitman, R.G. and Wolff, S. eds. (2012). The European Neighbourhood Policy in perspective: context, implementation and impact. [Online]. Basingstoke: Macmillan Palgrave. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=595432.
Whitman, R.G. ed. (2011). Normative Power Europe: Empirical and theoretical perspectives. [Online]. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=347055.
Whitman, R.G. and Manners, I. eds. (2000). The Foreign Policies of European Union Member States. [Online]. Manchester: Manchester University Press. Available at: http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719057793.
Whitman, R.G., Landau, A. and Curzon Price, V. eds. (1999). The Enlargement of the European Union: Issues and Strategies. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415202923/.
Whitman, R.G. and Landau, A. eds. (1996). Rethinking the European Union: Institutions, Interests and Identities. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=257158.
Korosteleva, E., Casier, T. and Whitman, R. (2014). Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/index.html?tab=policy-papers.
Casier, T., Whitman, R. and Korosteleva, E. (2013). Global Europe Centre Policy Paper. Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0. Global Europe Centre. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/GEC%20Policy%20Paper.pdf.
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

Professor Whitman's current programme of research being conducted falls into three main areas:

1. Conceptualising the international role and presence of the EU

Projects in this area are focused on:       

  • European foreign policy analysis and the 'normative turn'
  • English School and the wider Europe                  

2. The EU foreign policy within a wider European and global context
Projects in this area are focused on:

  • EU and its near abroad
  • EU as a global conflict manager
  • EU and ‘significant’ powers

3. Comparative foreign policy making and European Foreign Policy analysis

  Projects in this area are focused on:        

  • Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on EU foreign policy
  • Comparative analysis of impact of EU membership on member state foreign policy and policy-making processes
  • UK Foreign and European policy

Research Supervision

Professor Whitman is interested in supervising research degree students who wish to explore the external relations and foreign and security and defence policies of the EU. He is also interested in PhD applications on the foreign policies of European nation states and the enlargement and governance of the EU.

I am currently supervising the following PhD research projects:

Hugo Hansen, The Land of Maybe: Faroese Foreign Policy Decision-Making at the European Crossroads

Lukas Aleksander Janulewicz, The Impact of EU Membership on Poland's Foreign Aid Policy

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