Politics
School of Law and Politics

Dr Thomas Kane

PhD, University of Hull

Contact

Dr Kane

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0) 1482 466520
Office: 205 Wilberforce
Email: T.M.Kane@hull.ac.uk

Profile

Dr. Thomas M. Kane studies international relations and strategic studies. He is interested in the way in which strategic theory informs practice and he has paid special attention to the cases of American foreign policy, contemporary Chinese foreign policy and ancient Chinese strategic thought. Dr. Kane and his colleague Prof. Donovan Chau co-edited Praeger’s 2014 three-volume series China and International Security: History, Strategy and 21st-Century Policy. Other recent publications include Strategy: Key Thinkers A Critical Engagement (Polity, 2013), (co-authored with Dr. David Lonsdale) Understanding Contemporary Strategy (Routledge, 2013), and Emerging Conflicts of Principle: International Relations and the Clash between Cosmopolitanism and Republicanism (Ashgate, 2008). In 2014, The Korean Political Studies Association awarded Dr. Kane funding to present his research in forums including ministers of the South Korean government at a at a conference titled ‘The 20th Anniversary of the Geneva-Agreed Framework “New Approaches on the Korean Peninsula: Theories and Strategy.”’ Dr Kane has previously collaborated with Dr. Xiudian Dai on a Political Studies Association funded project to research China’s co-operation with the European Union on the Galileo satellite navigation system and with Dr. Matthew Mowthorpe on an Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development-funded project to research the development of space infrastructure.

Selected Publications

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Books (authored)

  • Strategy: Key Thinkers A Critical Engagement (Cambridge, 2013, Polity).
  • (Co-authored with Dr. David Lonsdale) Understanding Contemporary Strategy (London, 2012, Routledge).
  • Emerging Conflicts of Principle: International Relations and the Clash between Cosmopolitanism and Republicanism (Aldershot, 2008, Ashgate).
  • Ancient China on Postmodern War (London, 2007, Routledge).
  • Theoretical Roots of US Foreign Policy (London, 2006, Routledge).
  • European Defence Budgets (London, 2002, SMi Inc).
  • Chinese Grand Strategy and Maritime Power (London, 2002, Frank Cass).
  • Naval Land Attack Systems (London, 2001, SMi Inc.).
  • Military Logistics and Strategic Performance (London, 2001, Frank Cass).

Books (edited)

  • (With Prof. Donovan Chau), China and International Security: History, Strategy and 21st-Century Policy (Santa Barbara, 2014, Praeger).

Journal articles

  • ‘China’s “Power-Projection” Capabilities’, Parameters, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Winter 2014-15), pp. 27-37.
  • ‘Closer Ties Help Beijing Achieve Global Goals’, Defense News, (09/17/2007), p. 29.
  • ‘Hot Planet, Cold Wars: Climate Change and Ideological Conflict’, Energy and Environment, Vol. 18, No. 5 (August 2007), pp. 533-547.
  • ‘Building Thrones: Political Effect as an Emerging Principle of War’, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 24, No. 5 (December 2005), pp. 431-438.
  • ‘Dragon or Dinosaur: China’s Nuclear Weapons Programme in the 21st Century’, USI Digest, Vol. 6, No. 11 (September 2003-February 2004), pp. 96-122..
  • Are We Having Fun Yet? The Concept of Happiness in Political Studies’, International Journal of the Humanities, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2004).
  • ‘Slippery Business: The role of oil in Iraqi conflict’, Energy and Environment, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January 2004), pp. 55-68.
  • ‘Dragon or Dinosaur: China’s Nuclear Weapons Programme in the 21st Century’, Parameters, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Winter 2003-04), pp. 98-113.
  • ‘Testing the Waters – Or Ruffling Them? Changes to America’s Military Footprint have Greater Diplomatic than Operational Significance’, Perihelion, the Journal of the European Rim Policy and Investment Council (November 2003).
  • ‘Not Just a Word’, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 21, No. 5 (October-December, 2002), pp. 365-376.
  • ‘To Hear the Thunder’, Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin, Vol. 28, No.1, January-March 2002, pp. 4-7.
  • (Co-authored with Dr. Lawrence Serewicz), ‘China’s Hunger: The Consequences of a Rising Demand for Food and Energy’, Parameters, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Autumn 2001), pp.63-75.
  • ‘China's Foundations’, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 20, No. 1 (January-March 2001), pp. 45-56.
  • ‘Softening the Blow’, Defence Digitisation Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 2 (November 1998), p. 22 and p. 28.
  • ‘Sins of Omission’, Comparative Strategy, Vol. 17, No. 3 (Autumn 1998). pp. 279-289.
  • (Co-authored with Captain Kevin Falk, U.S. Army Intelligence Reserve.) ‘The Maginot Mentality,’ Parameters, Vol. 28, No, 2 (Summer 1998), pp. 80-92.
  • ‘Tilsit and Napoleon's Grand Strategy’, War Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2 (Spring 1997), pp. 23-32.
  • ‘Napoleon the Little’, University of Maine System, ed. Thunder Eggs (Orono ME: University of Maine System, 1989), pp 40-48.
  • ‘What Money Couldn't Buy -- And What it Did’, From Asymptotes to Zygophytes (Orono ME: University of Maine System, 1988), pp. 40-48.

Book chapters

  • ‘Lying Down with Dogs: The Inadequacy of Machiavellianism as a Basis for US Foreign Policy’, in George Kassimeris and John Buckley (eds), The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Warfare (Farnham, 2010, Ashgate, 2010), pp. 257-269 of 467.
  • ‘Realism’ in Inderjeet Parmar, Linda B. Miller and Mark Ledwidge, editors, New Directions In US Foreign Policy (Abingdon, 2009, Routledge), pp. 5-17.
  • ‘The Madness of Coalitions’ in Julia Boll, editor, War: Interdisciplinary Investigations, the continuing challenges to communities (Freeland, 2008, Interdisciplinary Press), pp. 49-64.
  • ‘China’s Nuclear Weapons’ in David M. Haugen (ed.), Opposing Viewpoints: China (Farmington Hills, 2006, Thomson and Gale), pp. 123-133.
  • I contributed to Space 2030: Tackling Society’s Challenges (Paris, 2005, OECD Publishing).
  • ‘China’s Foundations’ in Guoli Liu (ed.), China’s Foreign Policy in Transition (New York, 2004, Aldine de Gruyter), pp. 101-115.
  • ‘Inauspicious Tools: Chinese Thought on the Morality of Warfare’ in Paul Robinson (ed.), Just War in Comparative Perspective (Aldershot, 2003, Ashgate), pp. 193-152.

Other publications

  • Occasional Paper -- Hooks to Hang Plans On: The Strategic Art in an Age of Information Wars (London, 1999 Global Transformation Research Group).

Research

Research Interests

  • International Relations
  • Strategic Studies
  • Contemporary China’s International Role
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Political Implications of Climate Change
  • Military Operations and Logistics
  • Ancient Chinese Strategic Thought
  • Political Theory – with an emphasis on its connection to international and strategic issues.

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Dr. Thomas M. Kane teaches on the following undergraduate modules.

  • 30001 Understanding China
  • 30010 Understanding America
  • 30125 The US in Vietnam
  • 30135 Modern Strategy
  • 30142 Introduction to War and Politics since 1900
  • 30220 Politics, War and Ethics
  • 30053 China: Once and Future Superpower

Postgraduate Teaching


Dr. Thomas M. Kane teaches on the following postgraduate modules.

  • 30187 China and the New World Order
  • 30718 Strategic Thinkers II: The Information Age
  • 30719 Strategic Thinkers I: Precursors to the Information Age

PhD Supervision

Dr. Thomas M. Kane is currently supervising doctoral research in the following areas: 

  • International Relations
  • Strategic Studies
  • American Foreign Policy

Dr. Thomas M. Kane welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in working in the following areas:

  • International Relations
  • Strategic Studies
  • Contemporary China’s International Role
  • American Foreign Policy
  • The Political Implications of Climate Change
  • Military Operations and Logistics
  • Ancient Chinese Strategic Thought
  • Political Theory – with an emphasis on its connection to international and strategic issues.

Administration

  • Head of Year Seven (Postgraduate)
  • Dr. Kane has previously served as interim Director of Postgraduate Studies
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