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Jeffrey H.  Michaels

Dr Jeffrey H. Michaels

Visiting Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security

Biography

Dr Jeffrey Michaels is the IEN Senior Fellow in American Foreign Policy and International Security at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. He also holds Visiting Fellowships at the King’s College London Centre for Science and Security Studies, the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, and is an Associate Senior Research Fellow with RAND Europe. In 2023-2024 he was the Senior Eisenhower Defense Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome. Earlier in his career he was a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies and Research Associate in War Studies at King’s. He also served as an official with NATO and the US Department of Defense. His research covers the fields of war studies, nuclear strategy, deterrence, US foreign policy, NATO, intelligence, and Cold War history. He is the co-editor with Tim Sweijs of Beyond Ukraine: Debating the Future of War (2024), co-author with Lawrence Freedman of The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 4th Edition (2019), co-editor with Lawrence Freedman of Scripting Middle East Leaders (2013), and author of The Discourse Trap and the US Military: From the War on Terror to the Surge (2013). 

Publications

Books 

  • Michaels, Jeffrey and Payne, Andrew. One President at a Time? The President-elect and Foreign Policy in American History (under contract w/ Columbia University Press, publication in 2025).
  • Freedman, Lawrence and Michaels, Jeffrey. 2019. The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy, 4th edition. Palgrave.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey. 2013. The Discourse Trap and the US Military: From the War on Terror to the Surge. Palgrave.

Edited volumes & special issues

  • Sweijs, Tim and Michaels, Jeffrey (eds). 2024. Beyond Ukraine: Debating the Future of War. Hurst.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey and Libiseller, Chiara. ‘Fads and Fashions in Strategic Studies’, Special Issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 46, No. 4 (2023).
  • Freedman, Lawrence and Michaels, Jeffrey (eds). 2013. Scripting Middle East Leaders. Bloomsbury.

Journal articles

  • Michaels, Jeffrey. 2024. ‘Rethinking the Relevance of Self Deterrence’. Parameters, March.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey. 2024. ‘An Indefinite Alliance? Article 13 and the North Atlantic Treaty’. Diplomacy and Statecraft. June.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey and Ford, Matthew. 2023. ‘Grand Strategy or Grant Strategy? Philanthropic Foundations, Strategic Studies and the American Academy’, Special Issue on ‘Fads and Fashions in Strategic Studies’, Journal of Strategic Studies.
  • Freedman, Lawrence and Michaels, Jeffrey. 2022. ‘Casting the Atomic Canon: Evolving Nuclear Strategy: A Reply’, European Journal of International Security 7(3), 400-410.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey and Payne, Andrew. 2022. ‘One President at a Time?’: The Foreign Policy Activities of the President-elect’, Presidential Studies Quarterly 52(4), 730-758.

Book chapters

  • Freedman, Lawrence and Michaels, Jeffrey. ‘The Evolution of NATO Strategy’ in Mark Webber (ed) Oxford Handbook of NATO, Accepted, forthcoming 2024.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey. ‘Nuclear Strategies’ in Beatrice Heuser and Isabelle Duyvesteyn (eds) Cambridge History of Strategic Practice, Accepted, forthcoming 2024.
  • Michaels, Jeffrey. 2020. ‘The Politics of NATO Nuclear Use Decision-making’ in Military Strategy for the 21st Century: Implications for NATO, co-edited by Janne Matlary and Robert Johnson (Hurst), pp.191-207.
  • 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) Not Even Past: How the United States Ends Wars. Berghahn, pp. 161-179.
  • 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), The United Kingdom’ Defence After Brexit. Palgrave, pp. 75-102.