Professor Michael Cox

Professor Michael Cox

Founding Director of LSE IDEAS


English, French
Key Expertise
International Relations, US foreign policy, Northern Ireland, LSE history

About me

Professor Michael Cox is a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He was Director of LSE IDEAS between 2008 and 2019.

He was appointed to a Chair at the LSE in 2002, having previously held positions in the UK at The Queen's University of Belfast and the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth. He helped establish the Cold War Studies Centre at the LSE in 2004 and later co-founded LSE IDEAS in 2008 with Arne Westad.

Professor Cox has lectured to universities world-wide as well as to several government bodies and many private companies. He has also served as Chair of the United States Discussion Group at Chatham House, as Senior Fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo; as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, and as Chair of the European Consortium for Political Research. He is currently visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan.

He is the 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); EH Carr: a critical appraisal (2000); A Farewell to Arms: from long war to long peace in Northern Ireland (2000); EH Carr: The Twenty Years' Crisis: 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  (2006);  Soft power and US foreign policy: theoretical, historical and contemporary perspectives (2009), The Global 1989 (2010);  US Foreign Policy (2nd edition 2012), and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (2013).

His most recent books include a new edition of E.H Carr’s, The Twenty Years’ Crisis (Palgrave, 2016), a 3rd edition (with Doug Stokes) of his best selling volume US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2018), and a collection of his essays The Post-Cold War World (Routledge, 2019). He has also worked on new editions of J M Keynes’s, The Economic Consequences of the Peace and E H Carr’s Nationalism and After. He is now working on a new history of  LSE entitled, The “School”: LSE and the Shaping of the Modern World.