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Jeffrey Michaels

Jeffrey Michaels

IEN Senior Fellow

Visiting Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, King's College London

Visiting Research Fellow, Changing Character of War Centre, Pemroke College, Oxford

Biography

Jeffrey joined IBEI in September 2020 as IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security, under IBEI and Institut d’Estudis Nord-americans (IEN) new programme. Earlier experience included working as a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, as well as serving as an official with NATO and the US Defense Department. He also holds Visiting Fellowships with the Department of War Studies at King's and the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, Oxford.

His research into foreign policy decision-making and the study of war incorporates different approaches from political science and history. He is particularly interested in US foreign policy from the Cold War to the present, the use of analogies and metaphors in decision-making, as well as exploring the connection between policymakers' conceptions of war and their decisions to initiate or refrain from war. His research has been published in The Journal of Cold War Studies, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Political Science Quarterly, International Politics Reviews, Small Wars and Insurgencies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the RUSI Journal, Contemporary Security Policy and Orbis. He is also the co-author, with Sir Lawrence Freedman, of The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy (4th Edition).

Institut d’Estudis Nord-americans (IEN)

Background and education

  • (2009) PhD in War Studies, King's College London
  • (2003) MA in War Studies, King's College London
  • (2000) BS in Business Administration, Skidmore College

Awards

  • 2012Amos Perlmutter Prize

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • UK Higher Education Academy

Research

Research interests

  • American Foreign Policy
  • Nuclear Strategy
  • Critical peace and conflict studies
  • Cold War History
  • Intelligence Studies

IBEI Research Clusters

Selected publications

  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2020.A “Responsible End” to the Afghan War: The Politics and Pitfalls of Crafting “Success” Narratives.In:

    David Ryan, David Fitzgerald and John Thompson (eds)

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    Not Even Past: How the United States Ends Wars.Berghahn.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2020.Visions of the Next War or Reliving the Last One: Early Alliance Views of War with the Soviet Bloc.Journal of Strategic Studies,Published online May 2020
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2020.An Education in Counterinsurgency? The National Interdepartmental Seminar on Problems of Development and Internal Defense, 1962-1971.International Politics Reviews,8:11-20
  • Freedman, Lawrence; Michaels, Jeffrey

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    2019.The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 4th edition.Palgrave.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2018.You Don’t Hear the Word Britain Anymore: Anglo-American Security Relations in the Era of Brexit and Trump.In:

    Robert Johnson and Janna Matlary (eds)

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    The United Kingdom’ Defence After Brexit.Palgrave.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey; Williams, Heather

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    2017.The Nuclear Education of Donald J. Trump.Contemporary Security Policy,38 (1):54-77
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2017.Waging Protracted Conflict: The Cold War Activism of Frank R. Barnett.Journal of Cold War Studies,19(1):70-98
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2017.Essence of Indecision: Coup Scripts, Ngo Dinh Diem and the Kennedy Administration.In:

    James Gow and Benedict Wilkinson (eds)

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    The Art of Creating Power: Freedman on Strategy.Hurst.
  • Duyvesteyn, Isabelle; Michaels, Jeffrey

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    2016.Revitalizing Strategic Studies in an Age of Perpetual Conflict.Orbis,60 (1):22-35
  • Michaels, Jeffrey.2016.Revisiting General Sir John Hackett’s The Third World War.British Journal of Military History,3 (1):88-104
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