Dr. Michael A. Innes

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    Research interests

    • International organization, relations and security
    • Regional issues of Africa, Asia and the Middle East
    • Cold War and international history
    • Strategy, diplomacy and armed intervention
    • Civil wars, revolutions and insurgencies
    • Political and geopolitical uses of information
    • Historical analogies and policy decisions
    • Geographic aspects of war and complex emergencies
    • Case methods, process tracing, network analysis and applied history

    Biographical details

    Michael A. Innes is the author of Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009, forthcoming in early 2021 from C. Hurst & Co. Publishers in the UK and Oxford University Press in North America.

    He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London,  working on a number of research and publication projects. For the 2020-21 academic year he is also part of the teaching staff on the MSc program in Conflict, Security and Development, and a member of the KCL team working on the DFID Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) Program.

    His academic credentials include a PhD in politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as well as Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a graduate of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) doctoral methods course on qualitative methods, case studies and process tracing, as well as numerous professional training courses on analytical tradecraft.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an associate of LSE Ideas at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an associate in the Dept. of Politics and International Studies at SOAS. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and serves as an editor for H-Diplo. He has held honorary affiliations at the University of Oslo, University of Leeds and Syracuse University, and previously taught at University College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, City University London and Concordia University.

    A scholar-practitioner with 20 years’ experience in applied research roles, his interests reflect elements of academic and non-academic practice. These include the comparative politics of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, formal and informal institutions, rebel self-governance, technology developments and the history of science, and policy research in the realms of defence, development and foreign affairs. Current major research projects cover Cold War containment thresholds, the geopolitics of information, and forensic political inquiry.

    He has authored articles and essays in both scholarly and popular outlets. Streets Without Joy is his first-single authored book and his fifth book-length project. He is the editor of Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates and the Use of Force (Potomac, 2012), Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens (Praeger, 2007),  and Bosnian Security After Dayton: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2006), as well as a special guest-edited issue of the journal Civil Wars.

    Prior to academia, he served briefly in the army. He subsequently spent six years as a civilian analyst and advisor at a series of NATO headquarters, first in the Balkans and last at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Casteau, Belgium. He maintains an active consulting practice covering a range of desk and field research activities. His work has taken him as far afield as Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Kosovo, Lebanon, and most recently, north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area of West Africa.

    He divides his time between the UK and the Middle East.

    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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, SOAS University of London

    Award Date: 31 Oct 2019

    Master of Arts, Concordia University

    Award Date: 23 May 2003

    Bachelor of Arts, Concordia University

    Award Date: 19 May 2000


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