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Michael A Innes is Director of the Conflict Records Unit and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He is the author of Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009, forthcoming in early 2021 from C Hurst & Co. Publishers (Oxford University Press in North America). Streets is his fifth book-length publication.

His academic credentials include a PhD in politics from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a graduate of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) doctoral methods course on the qualitative study of civil wars, as well as numerous professional training courses on analytical tradecraft.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an associate of LSE Ideas, the foreign policy and international affairs think tank of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an editor at H-Diplo and sits on the editorial board of the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. He has held honorary affiliations at the University of Oslo, University of Leeds and Syracuse University, and previously taught at University College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, City University London and Concordia University.


Research Interests

Dr Innes’ research deals with regional challenges in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and policy challenges in the realms of defence, diplomacy and international security. He uses history and historical methods (as “applied history”) to understand the role of information in international law, politics, security and organization. Past and current projects have dealt with historical analogies in wartime policy decisions, institutional memory and early warning at the UN and NATO, the broadcast communications of non-state actors, and issues at the intersection of geography and war.



  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • State Failure and Statebuilding

Dr Innes is availabe for MA/MSc and PhD Supervision



Innes’ writing has appeared in both scholarly and popular outlets, including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies, SAIS Review, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Transitions Online, the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor, and the online editions of CNN, Foreign Policy and Wired magazines.

He is currently working on two books, one a reader-style text on the works of Bernard Fall, the other a history of political and territorial thresholds in Cold War Southeast Asia.

For a full list of publications, see: