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Professor Nigel J. Ashton

Professor of International History

Other Titles: Head of Department
Research Interests: Anglo-American Relations; Modern Middle East
Room: EAS.E408
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7104
Email: n.ashton@lse.ac.uk|

Professor Ashton studied for his undergraduate degree at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he continued on to gain his PhD. On completion of his doctorate he obtained a Temporary Lectureship at Salford University, before moving on to a permanent Lectureship at the University of Liverpool. Professor Ashton moved to the LSE in 1998. He is the current Head of Department.

Professor Ashton normally teaches the following courses:

At Masters level:

HY429: Anglo-American Relations from World War to Cold War, 1939-1991|

Professor Ashton also supervises the following PhD students:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
John Collins Anglo-American relations and post-war international drug diplomacy: A "special relationship"?
Aaron Rietkirk Anglo-American-UN relations in the Middle East from 1956-1960

 


Professor Ashton's main fields of interest are contemporary Anglo-American relations and the modern history of the Middle East. These interests came together in his first book, Eisenhower, Macmillan and the Problem of Nasser: Anglo-American Relations and Arab Nationalism, 1955-59| (Macmillan, 1996), which looked at the strategies adopted by Britain and the United States to deal with the Arab nationalist challenge during the 1950s. His second book, Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: the Irony of Interdependence| (Palgrave, 2002), broadened the frame of reference to look at Anglo-American relations over a whole range of international issues during the Kennedy Presidency. Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War was awarded the Cambridge Donner Book Prize for 2003. This prize rewards excellence in advancing scholarly understanding of transatlantic relations.

In addition to these two monographs, he has written a number of scholarly articles, including:

  • ‘For King and Country: Jack O’Connell, the CIA and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1963-71’, Diplomatic History, Vol.36, No.5, November 2012
  • ‘Love’s Labours Lost: Margaret Thatcher, King Hussein and Anglo-Jordanian Relations, 1979-90’, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol.22, No.4
  • December 2011; 'Pulling the strings: King Hussein's role in the crisis of 1970 in Jordan', The International History Review, Vol. 28, No. 1, March 2006
  • 'Harold Macmillan and the "Golden Days" of Anglo-American Relations Revisited, 1957-63', Diplomatic History, vol. 29. No. 4, September 2005
  • 'A special relationship sometimes in spite of ourselves: Britain and Jordan, 1957-73' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 33, No. 2, May 2005
  • 'Britain and the Kuwaiti Crisis, 1961', Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol.9, No.1, March 1998
  • 'A Microcosm of Decline: British Loss of Nerve and Military Intervention in Jordan and Kuwait, 1958 and 1961', The Historical Journal, Vol.40, No.4, December 1997
  • 'The Hijacking of a Pact: The Formation of the Baghdad Pact and Anglo-American Tensions in the Middle East, 1955-58', Review of International Studies, Vol.19, No.2, April 1993

In September 2008, his most recent book King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life| was published by Yale University Press. Based on unique and unprecedented access to the private papers of the late King this book provides a comprehensive analysis Hussein's statecraft, including his role in the Middle East peace process, the Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973, the Iran-Iraq war, the Gulf crisis and the campaign to unseat Saddam Hussein in the 1990s. It also illuminates the personality of one of the most colourful and charismatic Arab leaders of the twentieth century.

Listen| to Professor Ashton discussing his book on King Hussein of Jordan.

Full list of publications on LSE Research Online
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Recent conference papers given by Professor Ashton include: 

  • 'The End of the "Golden Decade" and the Impact of the Oil Crisis', at 'Consigning the 1970s to History' conference, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 13 May 2014
  • ‘Missed Opportunities for Peace: The United States, Jordan and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War’, Washington History Seminar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, October 2011
  • ‘The Two Husseins: Jordanian-Iraqi relations during the Iran-Iraq War’, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, conference on ‘The Iran-Iraq War: the View from Baghdad’, October 2011
  • ‘King Hussein of Jordan and the Liberation of Iraq, 1958-99’, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, 14 February 2008, also delivered at the Institute of Historical Research, International History seminar, London, 13 May 2008
  • 'The Suez Crisis and British withdrawal from Jordan' at the Munk Centre, University of Toronto, September 2006
  • 'A difference over means or ends?  Anglo-American relations and the Suez Crisis' at Suez Crisis Conference, QMW, University of London, June 2006
  • 'Anglo-American Revival and Empire during the Macmillan Years, 1957-63', Wiles Trust Colloquium, Queen's University, Belfast, September 2003
  • 'The Anglo-American Role in the September 1970 Crisis in Jordan', at the British International Studies Association Conference, University of Birmingham, December 2003
  • 'Annihilation without Representation? Anglo-American Relations and the Cuban Missile Crisis', at the British International History Group Conference, University of Dundee, September 2002

2014

Posthumous Publication of Gonzalez Book edited by Professor Nigel Ashton

The department is pleased to announce the posthumous publication of Martín Abel González's book, The Genesis of the Falklands (Malvinas) Conflict: Argentina, Britain and the Failed Negotiations of the 1960s| (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Martín was a former International History PhD student who taught for many years in the Department. He tragically passed away in an accident in 2011. Professor Nigel Ashton, who has edited the book for publication, said 'I am delighted to see Martín’s work published so that other scholars can now benefit from his insight into the genesis of the Falklands/Malvinas conflict in the 1960s. This book serves as a fitting tribute to Martín’s outstanding scholarship'.

 


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