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Dr Barbara Zanchetta

Dr Barbara Zanchetta

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Senior Lecturer

Research subject areas

  • Conflict
  • History
  • Policy
  • Security

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Barbara joined the Department of War Studies in September 2016. Before coming to London, Barbara held posts in Geneva (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, and Geneva Centre for Security Policy and in Helsinki (Finnish Institute of International Affairs).

Author of The Transformation of American International Power in the 1970's (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and the co-author of Transatlantic Relations since 1945 (Routledge, 2012). Currently working on a monograph tentatively titled The United States and the “Arc of Crisis:” American foreign policy, radical Islam and the end of the Cold War, which investigates the role of US policies towards key countries in the Persian Gulf region in determining the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. It also addresses the implications of such policies for the post-Cold War era and for the making of the war on terror decades later.

Research Interests

  • The Cold War
  • American foreign policy
  • Transatlantic relations
  • US-Soviet détente
  • Nuclear arms control
  • Summit diplomacy
  • US policies towards Iran, Afghanistan


I am teaching, or have taught in the past, the following courses:

5SSW2064 Contemporary Issues in International History (co-taught)

6SSW0016 US National Security from Truman to Trump

6SSW3021 Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Crises

6SSW3023 The 9/11 Era: Anglo-American Foreign Policy since 9/11

7SSWM066 The War on Terror: Anglo-American Foreign and Security Policy since 9/11 (MA module)