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Dr Adam Quinn

Adam-Quinn-lgAdam Quinn is is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Politics at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) and Dept of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, UK. 

He is currently the leader of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminar series on ‘The Future of American Power’, and was convenor of the US Foreign Policy group of the British International Studies Association 2008-12.

Areas of Expertise

  • United States foreign policy
  • International security
  • American history
  • Political ideology
  • International relations / security theory

Select Publications

  • 'Does the Flaw Lie Within Us? Classical realism and unrealistic policy', Global Society 28:2 (2014)
  • ‘Kenneth Waltz, Adam Smith and the Limits of Science: Hard choices for neoclassical realism’, International Politics (March 2013) 
  • 'The Art of Declining Politely: Obama's Prudent Presidency and the Waning of American Power', International Affairs (July 2011)
  • US Foreign Policy in Context: National Ideology from the Founders to the Bush Doctrine, (London and New York: Routledge, 2010)
  • ''The Deal': The balance of power, military strength and liberal internationalism in the Bush National Security Strategy', International Studies Perspectives, 9(1), (2008)
  • 'Renovating Realism', American Behavioral Scientist, 51(9), (2008) [with Michael Cox]
  • 'Admiration Reborn: The British View of the US Presidential Election', in M. Maass, ed. The World Views of the US Presidential Election, (London, 2008)
  • 'Fear and Loathing in Brussels: The Political Consequences of European anti-Americanism', in R. Higgott and I. Malbasic, eds. The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism, (London: Routledge, 2008) [with Michael Cox]
  • 'Hard Times for Soft Power: America and the Atlantic Community', in D. Held and H. L. Moore, eds. Cultural Politics in a Global Age: Uncertainty, Solidarity, and Innovation, (Oxford: Oneworld, 2008) [with Michael Cox]


  • The United States After Unipolarity
    As the United States’ dominance of the international system comes increasingly under threat, this report assesses the challenges the Obama administration has faced in rebalancing American foreign policy to a world that is no longer 'unambiguously unipolar'.
  • US Foreign Policy in Context