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Professor Anand Menon

Anand Menon new staff profile photo Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs 

Joint appointment with EIS and War Studies. Leave scheduled to end in July 2019.

Telephone +44 (0)20 7848 2630
Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 1.15, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway 
London WC2B 6LE 


Before coming to King's, Anand was Professor of West European Politics, and founding Director of the European Research Institute at the University of Birmingham. Prior to that he was University Lecturer in European Politics and Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has held visiting positions at New York University, Columbia University and the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, amongst others. He is an associate fellow of Chatham House and Senior Associate member of Nuffield College, Oxford. He is co-editor of the journal West European Politics

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • International Organizations
  • Theories of European Integration
  • British and French politics and foreign policies
  • EU institutions
  • EU foreign and security policies

Anand has recently been appointed to head the major new project 'The UK in a Changing Europe'. Anand will act as Director for the initiative which will investigate the relationship between the UK and the EU.

Anand is also carrying out a funded research project on EU security policies. The aim of the project is to explain the development, workings and impact of the Common Security and Defence Policy using institutionalist analytical tools developed to explain American Political development. The intention is thus to find an institutionalist explanation both of the evolution of CSDP and of its limited impact. Indeed, one core argument being developed is that CSDP might serve as an ‘alibi,’ allowing member states to claim to be addressing security threats whilst failing to implement potentially expensive but necessary domestic reforms. The major output of the project will be a scholarly manuscript. In addition, however, Anand is writing a shorter, ‘trade’ book on Europe’s place in a changing world intended to appeal to a broader audience and contribute to debates on the changing international order.

Anand is keen to hear from prospective PhD students working on European security, EU foreign and security policies or international institutions more broadly.

For more details, please see Anand's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • ‘European Defence Policy from Lisbon to Libya,’ Survival 53, 3,2011 pp. 75-90.
  • (with Jennifer Welsh) ‘Understanding NATO’s Sustainability: The Limits of Institutionalist Theory,’ Global Governance, 17, 2011, pp. 81-94
  • ‘Beaucoup de bruit pour rien: La politique de défense européenne après le traité de Lisbonne,’ Politique Etrangère, 2, 2011.
  • (with Christopher Bickerton and Bastien Irondelle) ‘Security Cooperation Beyond the Nation State: The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.’ Journal of Common Market Studies, January 2011
  • ‘Power, Institutions and the CSDP: The Promise of Institutionalist Theory,’ Journal of Common Market Studies, January 2011
For a complete list of publications, please see Anand's full research profile.

Anand’s key teaching interests lie in the areas of International Politics (including International Relations theory), the politics, policies and institutions of the EU, international institutions, and European Security.

Expertise and engagement

Anand has significant experience of working with non academic patrons in governments, international organisations and the media. He is currently Specialist Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons.

Anand has presented programme on contemporary France on Radio 4, and written for, amongst others, the FT, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Prospect on issues ranging from the UK-EU relationship, to French foreign policy, to the institutions of the EU, to EU foreign and security policies.


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