Ben Tonra is Full Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. At UCD he teaches, researches and publishes in European foreign, security and defence policy, Irish foreign, security and defence policy and International Relations theory. Outside the university Ben is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and has previously served as the chair of the Academy's Standing Committee on International Affairs. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Azure Forum, a Dublin-based think tank on security and defence studies and Director and Secretary (voluntary/non-remunerated) with the Irish Defence and Security Association (IDSA) CLG.
He worked previously at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington DC. Professor Tonra is a graduate of the University of Limerick (BA and MA) and completed his doctoral studies at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1996.
Written by Professor Ben Tonra, this book examines whether the development of foreign and security policy cooperation within the European Union (EU) has restricted or benefitted Danish, Dutch and Irish foreign policy and analyses the policies of these three countries prior to their participation in foreign policy cooperation, and their input into a collective EU policy in three case studies (the Middle East, South Africa, Yugoslavia/Bosnia). He argues that some level of Europeanization has occurred, and suggests the direction in which this process of Europeanization of member states may be headed.