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Dr Nicholas Michelsen

Senior Lecturer in International Relations Theory

Contact details

Room K7.49

Department of War Studies


King's College London


Tel: 020 7848 7520

Office hours: Mondays 12.30-15.00 

Research interests:

  • International Relations Theory
  • Global Politics and transformations in the State System
  • Insurgency and counter-insurgency
  • Terrorism
  • The politics of suicide/self-sacrifice/self-immolation
  • Death and Political Theory
  • Twentieth Century European Philosophy
  • Resilience as insurgent strategy


Dr Michelsen was awarded his undergraduate degree in International Relations and Philosophy by the University of Sussex, and holds an MA in International Conflict Studies and an MRes in War Studies from King’s College London. His doctoral thesis, written in the Department of War Studies, dealt with the politics of suicide, with particular reference to the international practice of suicide-bombing.

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