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Thomas Eason

Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Thomas is a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations. His thesis seeks to develop a new framework that can help guide the analysis of foreign policy decision-making, with a particular focus on the impact of governmental politics and psychological biases. Drawing upon declassified documents, memoirs, and eyewitness testimonies, the new framework will be applied to the British decision to invade Iraq in 2003, generating a unique take on how and why the controversial foreign policy decision was made.

In addition to his thesis, Thomas is currently co-authoring an academic journal article investigating the impact of secrecy on accountability forums and their ability to hold governments to account. He has also written a number of blog posts for high impact websites, such as the LSE Brexit Blog, and has had his expert commentary quoted in the national and international press.

Before starting his PhD, Thomas completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, acquiring a Distinction. He also completed a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics at the University of Lincoln, where he won an award for being the best politics student of his cohort. His PhD is funded by the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations.

Twitter: @ThomasEason_

Expertise Summary

Foreign Policy Analysis

British Foreign Policy

British Politics

Brexit

Parliament

Secret Intelligence

Teaching Summary

Thomas currently teaches on the modules:

Secret Intelligence and International Security (BA3)

Covert Action and Unacknowledged Interventionism (MA)

Research Summary

Thomas is primarily interested in studying British foreign policy. His thesis is funded by the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations and aims to develop a new… read more

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Current Research

Thomas is primarily interested in studying British foreign policy. His thesis is funded by the University of Nottingham's School of Politics and International Relations and aims to develop a new framework for guiding the analysis of foreign policy decision-making. Within his thesis, the new framework will be created by fusing together research on governmental politics and psychological biases. It will then be tested by applying it to the British decision to invade Iraq in 2003, using memoirs, declassified documents, and eyewitness testimonies to create one of the most detailed academic accounts of the controversial decision to date.

In addition to his thesis, Thomas is currently co-authoring an academic journal article investigating the impact of secrecy on accountability forums and their ability to hold governments to account.

Supervisors:

Dr. Oliver Daddow

Prof. Rory Cormac

Future Research

Thomas plans to write a number of journal articles in the near future on topics including: the role of Parliament in British foreign policy decision-making, the role of Parliament in British diplomacy, and common process failures that occur when legislating for British overseas territories.

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