Dr Donnacha Ó Beacháin is Senior Lecturer and Director of Research at the School of Law and Government, where he lectures on post-Soviet politics and Irish foreign policy.
During 2011-12 he was a recipient of an 18 month major research grant from the IRCHSS/Department of Foreign Affairs Conflict Resolution Unit to lead a research team to examine the role of the OSCE and EU in the post-Soviet “frozen conflicts”. The project was designed to assist the Irish Government as it chaired the OSCE in 2012 and hosted the EU Presidency in 2013. Consequently, Dr Ó Beacháin produced several reports on the post-Soviet protracted conflicts and organised a major international conference on the topic at DCU in May 2012.
In January 2012 Dr Ó Beacháin also received an additional commission from the IRCHSS/Department of Foreign Affairs to conduct field research in Abkhazia and Transnistria and write two reports evaluating electoral politics in these two unrecognised states.
Until recently Dr Ó Beacháin held a three year (2008-11) Marie Curie Fellowship awarded by the European Commission to conduct research on the colour revolution phenomenon. The term “colour revolutions” is shorthand for a series of election-related protests that led to regime change in the post-Soviet space most notably in the Georgian “Rose Revolution” and Ukrainian “Orange Revolution”.
Previously, between 2000 and 2005, Dr. Ó Beacháin held visiting fellowships in Georgia, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. During this time he organised numerous international academic events, particularly in the sphere of conflict resolution.
Recent research-based seminar presentations have included papers on domestic politics in unrecognised states, conflict in the Caucasus, elections in authoritarian regimes, and post-Soviet political party development.
Dr Ó Beacháin was external examiner at the University of East Anglia, Norwich and City University, London (2010-2013).
He is a regular contributor to national and international media on post-Soviet affairs and is frequently employed by international organisations as a consultant.
Recent and forthcoming books include The Colour Revolutions in the Former Soviet Republics: Successes and Failures (co-editor with Abel Polese, Routledge, 2010), Destiny of the Soldiers: Fianna Fáil, Irish Republicanism and the IRA, (Gill and Macmillan, 2010), Life in Post-Communist Eastern Europe after EU Membership (co-editor with Vera Sheridan and Sabina Stan, Routledge, 2012), Political Communication in Ireland (edited with Mark O’Brien, Liverpool University Press 2014) and The Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Conflict: The Politics of Partition (forthcoming).