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Professor Richard Ned Lebow

Professor of International Political TheoryLebow

Room K 6.09

Department of War Studies

Strand, London, WC2 2LS

Office hours: By appointment only


Tel: 020 7848 7173






I am Professor of International Political Theory in the Department of War Studies, King's College London and James O. Freedman Presidential Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth College. I am also a Bye-Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. I have taught strategy and the National and Naval War Colleges and served as a scholar-in-residence in the Central Intelligence Agency during the Carter administration. 

I have held visiting appointments at the University of Lund, Sciences Po, University of Cambridge, Austrian Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, London School of Economics and Political Science, Australian National University, University of California at Irvine, University of Milano, University of Munich and the Frankfurt Peace Research Institute. I have authored and edited 28 books and nearly 200 peer reviewed articles. 

Research Interests

My interests falls within two themes:

  • Theory: International relations, conflict management, war and strategy, psychology of decision-making and learning, ancient and modern political theory, identity and its political and ethical consequences.
  • Policy: Conflict prevention and management, regional conflict, bargaining and negotiation, strategy and intelligence. 

Please refer to the Research Portal for a list of current publications  


I teach/convene the following modules:


  • 6SSW2059 Causes, Contigency & War


  • 7SSWM060 Causation in International Relations
  • 7SSWM064 Politics and Ethics
  • 7SSWM160 Theories in IR
  • 7SSWM158 Concepts and Methods 
  • 755M049 Ancient Greek Conceptions of Order, Justice and War
Expertise and Public Engagement
  • Elected Distinguished Scholar, 2014, by the International Security Section of the International Studies Association
  • Teaching Excellence Award, King’s College London, 2013
  • Alexander L. George Award for best book of the year from the International Society of Political Psychology for The Politics and Ethics of Identity, 2013
  • Honorary Doctorate, American University of Paris, 2012
  • Jervis-Schroeder Award from the American Political Science Association and the Susan Strange Award from the British International Studies Association for A Cultural Theory of International Relations, 2009 
  • Alexander L. George book award for Tragic Vision of Politics from the International Society of Political Psychology, 2004. 
Research Profile

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