Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Professor David J. Galbreath

David Galbreath

Professor of International Security

Director of Research for PoLIS

1 West North 2.21
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5936

Warfare, technology and society

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I am a Professor of International Security and Editor of the scholarly quarterly, European Security. From September 2012, I will also be Director of Research for the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies.

I am a non-resident Senior Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues in Flensburg, Germany. During my career I have worked with the US State Department, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

My recent research has focused on the global governance of rights based issues through international regimes. For instance, the Leverhulme Trust funded a project on the 'European Minority Rights Regime' on which the most recent research monograph with Joanne McEvoy (Aberdeen) is based.

This research on minority politics can also be seen in such journals as Security Dialogue, Ethno-Politics, Governance, the Journal of European Integration, Democracy and Security, Journal of Contemporary European Studies and Europe-Asia Studies.

Formerly, my research has focused in the Baltic states, including the foreign and security dimensions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the impact of minority politics on post-Soviet nation-building. I am however no longer working on Baltic specific research.

Research interests

  • force transformation
  • emerging threats and changes in strategic doctrines in the European and comparative context
  • global governance of rights based issues through international regimes
  • minority politics
  • foreign and security dimensions of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Current projects






Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2012. The European Minority Rights Regime : Towards a Theory of Regime Effectiveness. Basingstoke, U. K.: Palgrave Macmillan. (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics)

Galbreath, D. J. and Gebhard, C., eds., 2010. Cooperation and Conflict? Problematizing Organizational Overlap in Europe. London: Ashgate.

Smith, D. J., Galbreath, D. J. and Swain, G., eds., 2010. From Recognition to Restoration: Latvia's History as a Nation-State. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Galbreath, D. J., Lasas, A. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2008. Continuity and Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Comparing Foreign Policies. Vol. 13. Amsterdam: Rodopi. (On the Boundary of Two Worlds)

Galbreath, D. J., 2007. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Vol. 14. London: Routledge. (Routledge Global Institutions series)

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Nation-Building and Minority Politics in Post-Socialist States: Interests, Influence and Identities in Estonia and Latvia. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 8)

Book Sections

Lašas, A. and Galbreath, D., 2013. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In: Maxine, D., Jackie, G. and Hiski, H., eds. National Perspectives on Russia: European Foreign Policy in the Making. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 149-169. (Routledge Advances in European Politics; 94)

Galbreath, D. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2013. Latvia : On the push-pull effects of a small state in the EU. In: Baun, M. and Marek, D., eds. The New Member States and the European Union. London: Routledge, pp. 112-126. (Routledge Series in European Politics; 91)

Galbreath, D. and Brosig, M., 2012. OSCE. In: Jørgensen, K. E. and Laatikainen, K. V., eds. Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions. London: Routledge, pp. 271-281.

Galbreath, D. J. and Muiznieks, N., 2009. Latvia: managing post-imperial minorities. In: Rechel, B., ed. Minority Rights in Central and Eastern Europe.54 ed. London: Routledge, pp. 135-150. (BASEES/Routledge series on Russian and East European Studies)

Galbreath, D. J., 2007. International organizations, party politics and the promotion of minority rights in the Baltic States. In: Joachim, J., Reinalda, B. and Verbeek, B., eds. International Organizations and Implementation: Enforcers, Managers, Authorities? London: Routledge, pp. 161-173. (Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science)

Lamoreaux, J. W. and Galbreath, D. J., 2006. Bastion, beacon or bridge? Conceptualising the Baltic Logic of the EU's Neighbourhood. In: Wegmarshaus, G. R., Ülikool, T. and Kolledž, E., eds. Promoting Democratic Values in Enlarging Europe: Changing Role of the Baltic States from Importers to Exporters. Tartu: Tartu University Press, pp. 96-109.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. The Baltic States and the European Neighbourhood Policy: Maximising the voices of small nations. In: Tiirmaa-Klaar, H., ed. Baltic Outlooks on European Foreign and Security Policy. Tallinn: Tallinn University Press, pp. 102-126.

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Latvia. In: Lodge, J., ed. 2004 Elections to the European Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp. 165-172.

Mason, T. D. and Galbreath, D. J., 2004. Ethnicity and Politics. In: Kogan, M. and Hawkesworth, M., eds. Encyclopeadia of Government and Politics. London: Routledge, pp. 568-586.


Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2013. How epistemic communities drive international regimes: The case of minority rights in Europe. Journal of European Integration, 35 (2), pp. 169-186.

Malyarenko, T. and Galbreath, D. J., 2013. Crimea: Competing self-determination movements and the politics at the centre. Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (5), pp. 912-928.

Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2012. European organizations and minority rights in Europe: on transforming the securitization dynamic. Security Dialogue, 43 (3), pp. 267-284.

Galbreath, D. J., 2012. Securitizing democracy and democratic security: A reflection on democratization studies. Democracy and Security, 8 (1), pp. 28-42.

Galbreath, D. and Lašas, A., 2011. The ‘Baltic’ Factor in EU–Russian Relations: In Search of Coherence and Co-operation in an Era of Complexity. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 19 (2), pp. 261-272.

Galbreath, D. J. and McEvoy, J., 2010. European integration and the geopolitics of national minorities. Ethnopolitics, 9 (3-4), pp. 357-377.

Galbreath, D. J., 2009. Introduction: From phosphate springs to 'Nordstream': contemporary environmentalism in the Baltic States. Journal of Baltic Studies, 40 (3), pp. 279-284.

Galbreath, D. J., 2009. Putting the colour into revolutions? The OSCE and civil society in the post-soviet region. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 25 (2&3), 161 - 180.

Galbreath, D. J. and Auers, D., 2009. Green, black and brown: uncovering Latvia's environmental politics. Journal of Baltic Studies, 40 (3), pp. 333-348.

Lamoreaux, J. W. and Galbreath, D. J., 2008. The Baltic states as 'small states': negotiating the 'East' by engaging the 'West'. Journal of Baltic Studies, 39 (1), 1 - 14.

Galbreath, D. J. and Rose, R., 2008. Fair treatment in a divided society: a bottom-up assessment of bureaucratic encounters in Latvia. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, 21 (1), pp. 53-73.

Galbreath, D. J., 2008. Still 'treading air'? Looking at the post-enlargement challenges to democracy in the Baltic States. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, 16 (1), pp. 87-96.

Galbreath, D. J. and Lamoreaux, J. W., 2007. Bastion, beacon or bridge? Conceptualising the Baltic logic of the EU's Neighbourhood. Geopolitics, 12 (1), pp. 109-132.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. Latvian foreign policy after enlargement: Continuity and change. Cooperation and Conflict, 41 (4), pp. 443-462.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. European integration through democratic conditionality: Latvia in the context of minority rights. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 14 (1), pp. 69-87.

Galbreath, D. J., 2006. From Nationalism to Nation-Building: Latvian Politics and Minority Policy. Nationalities Papers, 34 (4), pp. 383-406.

Galbreath, D. J., 2005. Dealing with diversity in international law: Self-determination and statehood. International Journal of Human Rights, 9 (4), pp. 539-550.

Galbreath, D. J. and Galvin, M. E., 2005. The titularization of Latvian secondary schools: the historical legacy of Soviet policy implementation. Journal of Baltic Studies, 36 (4), pp. 449-466.

Galbreath, D. J., 2004. Democratisation and inter-state war: Why reform does not encourage conflict. Politics, 24 (3), pp. 206-214.

Galbreath, D. J., 2003. The politics of European integration and minority rights in Estonia and Latvia. Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 4 (1), pp. 35-53.

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