Joseph Maiolo

Joseph Maiolo


  • WC2R 2LS

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Biographical details

Joe Maiolo is Professor of International History and holds BA and MA degrees from the University of Toronto in history and philosophy. He completed his PhD in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics in July 1997. Before joining the Department of War Studies in September 2001, he held posts in the history of international relations at the London School of Economics (1997-98), Leicester (1998-99) and Leeds (1999-2001). He is an editor of The Journal of Strategic Studies, a member of the editorial board forIntelligence & National Security, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society

In 2005-06 he was senior visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Oslo.  In the Department of War Studies, he is the programme director of the MA in Intelligence and International Security.

He is also Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Social Science and Public Policy.

Research interests

  • 20th century international history
  • Naval history
  • intelligence studies

Research interests

Joe Maiolo’s research focuses on the role of diplomacy, strategy and intelligence in the outbreak of major wars. He has just completed a study of the relationship between the global arms race of the 1930s and the coming of the Second World War.
He has several new research/publication projects:

  • A joint project with Professor David Stevenson of the London School of Economics to organize an international conference on arms races and world politics to take place in the spring of 2013. The aim of this project is to produce a definitive volume on arms races that tests current theories about what causes them and their effects on international stability.
  • A book for Cambridge University Press on the origins of the Second World War. (2014)
  • He is editor of Volume Two of the Cambridge History of the Second World War

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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