Jack Robert Basu-Mellish

Jack Robert Basu-Mellish

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
International Relations Theory, English School Theory, Cold War History

About me

Jack Basu-Mellish is Deputy Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol 50. He is also a Project Assistant at LSE IDEAS, helping to coordinate the Cold War Studies Project.

Jack joined LSE Department of International Relations having completed a MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Professor James Mayall.

His work operates at the intersection of English School Theory and Cold War History. It aims to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of how the primary institutions of the international system can be altered by the emergence of new forces and ideas. It does this through a historical study of the emergence of post-colonial states as independent sovereign entities post-1945, and the international organisations they founded, in particular the Non-Aligned Movement.

Prior to this research Jack’s work primarily focussed on the ethics of military conflict and contemporary questions of Just War Theory. His MPhil dissertation tackled the ethical and legal questions of supporting rebel groups in civil wars as a third-party state. He continues to maintain a keen interest in the field of Just War Theory and work in this area.

Jack Robert Basu Mellish is available for speaking events, debates and interviews and can be contacted via email or social media.

Research topic

An English School Analysis of the Role of Colonialism and the Non-Aligned Movement in Shaping the Contemporary International Order”

Jack’s research is interested in analysing the Non-Aligned Movement from an English School perspective. It centres the Non-Aligned Movement as a key international organisation which promoted diplomatic relations between, and improved the prestige of, newly independent states in the global south.

The work develops the case that colonialism was a primary institution of the pre-1945 international order, and uses its decline after the second world war, and the rise of international organisations such as the Non-Aligned Movement, to provide new insights into how the norms and primary institutions of the international system can be changed and reconstituted.

Academic supervisor

Peter Wilson

Research Cluster affiliation

Security and Statecraft Research Cluster

Theory/Area/History Research Cluster




Expertise Details

International Relations Theory; English School Theory; Cold War History; The Non-Aligned Movement; South-South Cooperation; The Emergence of Post-Colonial States; Just War Theory; Ethics