Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University where he lectures on the post-Soviet region, unrecognised states, foreign policy and Irish studies. His books related to Ireland include Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA 1926–1973, Political Communication in Ireland (co-edited with Mark O’Brien) and From Partition to Brexit: The Irish Government and Northern Ireland, which is the 2019 recipient of the Brian Farrell book of the year award from the Political Studies Association of Ireland. He has twice (2012 and 2017) been awarded the accolade ‘Champion of European Research’ by Ireland’s National Support Network for FP7 and Horizon 2020 in award ceremonies hosted by President Michael D. Higgins and the Minister of State for Training and Skills. The citation reads that ‘as leaders of major research projects in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Development [these] researchers … are deemed to have reached the pinnacle of the European Research System’.