Bayly, Martin

Dr Martin Bayly LSE Fellow 


Position held

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Officer)


Experience keywords:

Afghanistan; Empire; India; South Asia; War in Afghanistan; colonialism; conflict; defence policy; foreign policy analysis; intellectual history; international relations; knowledge; nineteenth century; security

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Afghanistan; South Asia


French [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

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Radio; TV

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Bayly, Martin J. (2017) Imagining new worlds: forging 'non-western' international relations in late colonial India British Academy Review, 30. 50-53. ISSN 2047-1866

Bayly, Martin J. (2017) The forgotten history of Indian international relations ORF Issue Brief, 210. 1-8.


Bayly, Martin J. (2016) Taming the imperial imagination: colonial knowledge and Anglo-Afghan relations, 1808-1878 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (In Press)


Bayly, Martin J. (2014) Imperial ontological (in)security: ‘buffer states’, IR, and the case of Anglo-Afghan relations, 1808-1878 European Journal of International Relations, 21 (4). 816-840. ISSN 1354-0661


Bayly, Martin J. (2013) The ‘re-turn’ to empire in IR: colonial knowledge communities and the construction of the idea of the Afghan polity, 1809-38 Review of International Studies, 40 (3). 443-464. ISSN 1469-9044

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Martin Bayly is an LSE Fellow in Contemporary International Relations Theory at the London School of Economics. His research concerns Anglo-Afghan relations in the nineteenth century, with a particular interest in how colonial knowledge informed British perceptions of Afghanistan. He is knowledgeable on Afghanistan's international history during the nineteenth and twentieth century and has written on the conflict in Afghanistan since 2001. His broader interests include foreign policy, defence, security, and conflict analysis. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the War Studies Department, King’s College London (KCL), and an MPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford. His PhD was funded by a scholarship from the Defence Studies Department, KCL, at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) where he was a Teaching Fellow between 2010-2013. His was previously the Assistant Director of the Centre for Defence Studies, King's College London, during which time he ran a course in public policy and leadership in Brunei. In March 2013 he was a Visiting Researcher at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His first book, Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge and Anglo-Afghan Relations, 1808-1878 will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

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