Dr. Rosa Balfour is the acting director of the Europe Program, where she focuses on European foreign and security policy, including the relationship between Europe’s internal politics and international relations. She has researched and published widely on issues relating to European foreign policy and external action, relations with the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, EU enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy, and on the role of human rights and democracy in international relations. Prior to joining GMF, she was a director at the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank based in Brussels, where she headed the Europe in the World programme. She holds an MA in history from Cambridge University, an MSc in European studies and PhD in international relations both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Balfour’s latest major publication is called Europe’s Trouble-makers. The Populist Challenge to Foreign Policy, in which she was the rapporteur of a reflection group report.
Balfour has also written a volume published by Ashgate in 2015 (co-edited with Caterina Carta and Kristi Raik) titled The European External Action Service and National Foreign Ministries. Convergence or Divergence?. Her book on Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy. The cases of Ukraine and Egypt was published by Routledge in 2012, the paperback edition in 2014.