Dr. Rosa Balfour is a senior transatlantic fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and a member of the Steering Committee of Women in International Security–Brussels. Her fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, foreign and security policy, and international relations. She has researched and published widely on issues relating to European politics and international relations, especially on relations with the Mediterranean region, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, EU enlargement, and on the role of human rights and democracy in international relations.
Prior to joining GMF, Rosa 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.
Recent major publications include “Europe’s Trouble-makers. The Populist Challenge to Foreign Policy,” as Rapporteur of a Reflection Group report, and a number of publications on the EU foreign policy, the EU’s new diplomatic service and its implications for European foreign policy, with a volume published Ashgate in 2015 (co-edited with Caterina Carta and Kristi Raik), 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. Having worked in think tanks and research institutes for most of her career, she recently put on paper some thoughts in “What Are Think Tanks For? Policy Research in the Age of Anti-Expertise,” published by LSE Ideas in December 2017.
Rosa is also a senior advisor to the European Policy Centre and has just become an associate of LSE Ideas.