Jones, Matthew

Professor Matthew Jones  


Position held

Professor of International History


Experience keywords:

Britain and South East Asia; Britain and nuclear weapons; British decolonization and the end of empire; British foreign and defence policy; US foreign policy; Vietnam War; nuclear history in the Cold War

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I have been interested in a variety of topics in the broad area of post-war British and US foreign policy (including Anglo-American relations), but have particular interests in British and US nuclear history, as well as the Western presence in South East Asia.

My most recent book, After Hiroshima: The United States, Race, and Nuclear Weapons in Asia, 1945-1965, looked at the development of US nuclear strategy in Asia, placing a special emphasis on the influence of the widespread perception that the atomic bomb was a ‘white man’s weapon’ and the diplomatic and military dilemmas this helped create.

In 2008, I was appointed by the Prime Minister to become the Cabinet Office official historian of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent and the Chevaline programme, a commission which will lead to the publication of a two volume official history exploring British nuclear policy between 1962 and 1982.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; South East Asia; United States

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)207 852 3791



Jones, Matthew (2017) The official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent. Volume II: The Labour government and the Polaris programme, 1964-1970 The Government Official History Series. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138292062

Jones, Matthew (2017) The official history of the UK strategic nuclear deterrent. Volume I: From the V-Bomber Era to the Arrival of Polaris, 1945-1964 Government Official History Series. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781138674936


Jones, Matthew (2016) Freedom from want In: Engel, Jeffrey A., (ed.) The Four Freedoms: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Evolution of an American Idea. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 125-164. ISBN 9780199376216


Jones, Matthew (2015) Journalism, intelligence and The New York Times: Cyrus L. Sulzberger, Harrison E. Salisbury and the CIA History, 100 (340). 229-250. ISSN 0018-2648


Jones, Matthew (2013) A man in a hurry: Henry Kissinger, transatlantic relations, and the British origins of the year of Europe dispute Diplomacy and Statecraft, 24 (1). 77-99. ISSN 0959-2296

Jones, Matthew and McGarr, Paul (2013) 'Real substance, not just symbolism’? The CIA and the representation of covert operations in the foreign relations of the United States series In: Moran, Christopher R. and Murphy, Christopher J., (eds.) Intelligence studies in Britain and the US: historiography since 1945. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK, 65-89. ISBN 9780748646272


Jones, Matthew (2011) Intelligence and counterinsurgency: the Malayan experience In: Dover, Robert and Goodman, Michael S., (eds.) Learning from the secret past: cases in British intelligence history. Georgetown University Press, Washington, USA, 135-154. ISBN 9781589017702

Jones, Matthew (2011) Great Britain, the United States, and consultation over use of the atomic bomb, 1950-194 Historical Journal, 54 (03). 797-828. ISSN 0018-246X


Jones, Matthew (2010) After Hiroshima: the United States, race and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945–1965 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521881005


Jones, Matthew (2008) Between the bear and the dragon: Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. foreign policy in the era of détente English Historical Review, CXXIII (504). 1272-1283. ISSN 0013-8266

Jones, Matthew (2008) Targeting China: U.S. nuclear planning and "massive retaliation" in East Asia, 1953–1955 Journal of Cold War Studies, 10 (4). 37-65. ISSN 1520-3972


Jones, Matthew (2007) Lost opportunities or false expectations? The Kennedy administration and Indonesia, 1961-63 In: Berg, Manfred and Etges, Andreas, (eds.) John F. Kennedy and the ‘Thousand Days’: new perspectives on the foreign and domestic policies of the Kennedy administration. American studies – a monograph series (144). Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, Germany, 99-120. ISBN 9783825353032


Jones, Matthew (2006) "Kipling and all that": American perceptions of SOE and British imperial intrigue in the Balkans, 1943-1945 In: Wylie, Neville, (ed.) The politics and strategy of clandestine war: special operations executive, 1940-1946. Studies in intelligence. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 90-108. ISBN 9780415391108


Jones, Matthew (2005) A "segregated" Asia?: race, the Bandung conference, and pan-Asianist fears in American thought and policy, 1954-1955 Diplomatic History, 29 (5). 841-868. ISSN 0145-2096

Jones, Matthew (2004) The Radford bombshell: Anglo-Australian-US relations, nuclear weapons and the defence of South East Asia, 1954-57 Journal of Strategic Studies, 27 (4). 636-662. ISSN 0140-2390

Jones, Matthew (2004) The 'preferred plan': the Anglo-American Working Group report on covert action in Syria, 1957 Intelligence and National Security, 19 (3). 401-415. ISSN 0268-4527


Jones, Matthew (2003) Up the garden path? Britain's nuclear history in the Far East, 1954–1962 International History Review, 25 (2). 306-333. ISSN 0707-5332

Jones, Matthew (2003) Anglo-American relations after Suez, the rise and decline of the working group experiment, and the French challenge to NATO, 1957-59 Diplomacy and Statecraft, 14 (1). 49-79. ISSN 0959-2296


Jones, Matthew (2002) Book review: beyond Vietnam: the United States, Laos and Cambodia in the Johnson years Diplomacy and Statecraft, 13 (1). 191-205. ISSN 0959-2296

Jones, Matthew (2002) U.S. relations with Indonesia, the Kennedy-Johnson transition, and the Vietnam connection, 1963-1965 Diplomatic History, 26 (2). 249-281. ISSN 0145-2096

Jones, Matthew (2002) Conflict and confrontation in South East Asia, 1961-1965: Britain, the United States, Indonesia and the creation of Malaysia Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521801119

Jones, Matthew (2002) A decision delayed: Britain's withdrawal from South East Asia reconsidered, 1961-68 English Historical Review, 117 (472). 569-595. ISSN 0013-8266


Jones, Matthew (2001) ‘Groping toward coexistence:' US China policy during the Johnson years Diplomacy and Statecraft, 12 (3). 175-190. ISSN 0959-2296


Jones, Matthew (2000) Creating Malaysia: Singapore security, the Borneo territories, and the contours of British policy, 1961–63 Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 28 (2). 85-109. ISSN 0308-6534


Jones, Matthew (1999) 'Maximum disavowable aid:' Britain, the United States and the Indonesian rebellion, 1957-58 English Historical Review, 114 (459). 1179-1216. ISSN 0013-8266


Jones, Matthew (1997) Macmillan, Eden, the war in the Mediterranean and Anglo-American relations Twentieth Century British History, 8 (1). 27-48. ISSN 0955-2359


Jones, Matthew (1996) Britain, the United States, and the Mediterranean war, 1942-44 St. Antony's-Macmillan series. Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780312126469

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