Professor Doug Stokes


Professor of International Relations, Director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies and Faculty Director of Post-Graduate Research

Room = Amory 308E

Office hours for term two: Tuesday 2-3pm. Wednesday 11-12.  

I specialize in US foreign policy, international security and debates on grand strategy. I have published a number of books, journal articles and book chapters in these areas including my most recent books; Global Energy Security and American Hegemony, (Johns Hopkins, 2011) US Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

My major research focus is on the durability of US unipolarity and the utility of an American grand strategy of primacy: in what ways can the US use its military power to help manage potential decline? What is the point of strategic unipolarity in a maturing multipolar global economy and what are the implications of US military retrenchment for global security? These are some of the ‘big’ questions I am currently working on. 

To this end I have a new book project on US grand strategy, due out in 2018/19 and a range of articles under review / forthcoming. Alongside this focus on US grand strategy, I am also developing a number of projects that examine the potential implications for the UK's nascent 'National Strategy' as US and European defence priorities change. To this end, I also work closely with colleagues in Exeter's Security and Strategy Institute, am a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Director of Exeter’s Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS).


PhD enquiries: In the first instance please go through our formal application procedure. I also only tend to supervise students that a) fit broadly with my research interests and more importantly b) I have a strong confidence that they will produce an excellent PhD within the specified time period ideally with published peer-reviewed articles.