Professor Doug Stokes
Professor of International Relations, Director of the Centre for Advanced International Studies and College Director of Commercial Engagement
My Office is in Knightley and my office hours for term 2, 2022 will be online between 2:30-4:30pm on Tuesdays. Please email me to arrange a slot. I am also more than happy to meet in person too.
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 developed research focus is on the durability of the US led liberal international order and the ways in which great powers can use military power to shape international relations in ways they deem desirable. This question becomes especially interesting in the context of economic power shifting to East Asia, the crisis of Western strategic agency and complex forms of global interdependence in a world of many states. Please take a look at my publications to get a better idea of my research.
More broadly, I am also developing a research interest in debates on the so-called 'culture wars' and their geopolitical implications. My new book on these issues is due out with Polity Press in late 2022.
Alongside the above, I am the Thomas Telford Associate Fellow at the Council on GeoStrategy and on the Advisory Council for the Free Speech Union.
My current funding projects:
Principal Investigator. Western Perceptions of China. £100,000. Sponsor: LimeTree Capital 2020-2022.
External impact and engagement
I have advised and presented my research to a range of UK government organisations and agencies, and continue to work with ministerial teams on key issues around defence, education and equality.
I also regularly write for various international media outlets around issues of foreign policy and academic freedom and authoritarianism and am a member of the Advisory Council for the Free Speech Union.
For a selection of my journalism and popular pieces please go to : https://www.dougstokes.net/
I was born in Hackney, East London in 1972. My dad was a signwriter, my mum a cleaner, secretary and librarian. I went to Daubeney and Raines Foundations Schools from the ages of 4 - 16: all 'inner city' state schools and am the first person in my family to have gone to University. I left home at 17 and did lots of odd jobs with the high point working in Hackney dole office signing people on during the 90s recession.
I finished my degree at London University in the late 1990s and left London when I was 24. I lived and worked in Bosnia, where I helped establish an NGO focussed on ethnic reconciliation in the still conflict prone town of Brcko. Whilst nearly killed on a number of occasions, it was a walk in the park compared to my formative years growing up in Hackney.
Upon returning to the UK I started my post-grad education, in the great city of Bristol, where I spent a very happy five years. Since then I've lived and moved across the UK, and have now ended back in the beautiful West Country--my favourite bit of the UK by a long way. I now live out in the sticks, having swapped my inner city concrete jungle youth for open fields and mud.
An abiding interest of mine has been researching the role that both actual and latent organised violence can play as a 'social relation' helping structure relationships, often between states but also social groups. My first book examined US counterinsurgency warfare in post-Cold War Latin America, my second the role that US coercive statecraft plays in global energy markets.
Aside from international relations, I enjoy cooking, keeping fit and combat sports, especially Muay Thai.
Favourite motto: "It is what it is".
September 2006-March 2013, SL/Reader in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury.
2008-2009, Guest lecturer, Science Po, France.
2005-2006, Lecturer in International Politics, Department of International Politics, City University, Northampton Square, London, EC1V OHB.
2003-2005, Lecturer in International Politics, Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
2000-2002, Associate Lecturer for British Army ‘Short Courses’, Bristol University.
ESRC post-Doctoral fellowship, 2004-2005.
Ph.D (ESRC funded) in International Relations,University of Bristol, 2000-2003.
MSc in International Development, University of Bristol, 1998-1999.
BSc University of London,1994-97.