Professor Michael Cox was appointed to a Chair in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics. In 2004 he helped establish the Cold War Studies Centre, and in 2008 IDEAS, a foreign policy Centre based at the LSE which aims to bring the academic and policy words together.
In a 2012 international survey, IDEAS was ranked 4th in the world amongst the best university affiliated Think Tanks. Since joining the LSE he has also acted as Academic Director of both the LSE/PKU Summer School and of the Executive Summer School. In 2011 he launched a new Executive Masters in Global Strategy designed to teach senior foreign policy practitioners.
Professor Cox has held several senior professional positions in the field of international relations including Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR); member of the Executive Committee of the British International Studies Association and of The Irish National Committee for the Study of International Affairs; Associate Research Fellow Chatham House, London; Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute for the Study of International Politics, Aberystwyth; Senior Fellow Nobel Institute, Oslo; Chair of the United States Discussion Group at the Royal Institute of International Affairs; and Transatlantic Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute London. He also serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and has been Editor of several leading journals in IR, including the Review of International Studies; International Relations; Cold War History; and International Politics. He is now general editor of two successful book series: Palgrave Rethinking World Politics; and Routledge, Cold War History.
Professor Cox is author, editor and co-editor of several books including Superpowers at the Crossroads (1990); US Foreign Policy after the Cold War: superpower without a mission? (1995); Rethinking the Soviet Collapse (1998); The Eighty Years Crisis: international relations, 1919-1999 (1998); The Interregnum: controversies in world politics, 1989-1999 (1999); American Democracy Promotion (2000); E.H Carr: a critical appraisal (2000); A Farewell to Arms: from long war to long peace in Northern Ireland (2000; 2nd edition 2006); E.H.Carr: The Twenty Years’ Crid sis: introduction to the study of international relations (2001); Empires, Systems and States: great transformations in international politics (2002); How Might We Live? Global ethics for a new century (2002); The International Relations of The Twentieth Century: 8 volumes (2007); Global 1989: Continuity and Change in World Politics (2010); Soft Power and US Foreign Policy (2010) Introduction to International Relations, (2012); US Foreign Policy (2006; 2nd edition.2012); US Presidents and Democracy Promotion (2013); International Relations of the Cold War (2013); The Rise and Fall of the American Empire: From Bush to Obama (2013).
Professor Cox is a well known speaker on global affairs and has lectured in the United States, Australia, Asia, and in the EU. He has spoken on a range of contemporary global issues, though most recently he has focused on the role of the United States in the international system, the rise of Asia, and whether or not the world is now in the midst of a major power shift.