School of Politics, Philosophy & International Studies

KENNEDY, Prof. Caroline

Contact Details

Prof. Caroline Kennedy
207, Wilberforce Building

Phone: +44(0) 1482 462071


Twitter: @kennedycdog

Head of the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies
Professor of War Studies

  • Profile
  • Teaching
  • Key Publications


Caroline Kennedy is Professor of War Studies and Head of the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. She is currently working on IEDs, Drones and the effects of Drone Strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. She is also working on the future maritime security implications of the High North as well as leading on the University India and South East Asia Project.

Caroline was previously Professor of War Studies at the University of Warwick and Professor of International Relations at the University of Sheffield. Caroline has a First Class Honours Degree in History, an MSc Econ in Strategic Studies and a D-Phil in International Relations.

Caroline was Chair of the British International Studies Association (BISA) and is a past President of the Association. She was the founding Editor of the journal Civil Wars and has authored a number of books and many articles. These include the monograph Russia and the World in 1998 and The Origins of the Cold War in 2007.

Caroline teaches courses on Military History and Contemporary International Politics and supervises doctoral candidates in all areas of Contemporary security policy. She has been quoted as 'One of the UK's leading experts in war' in the Guardian. Caroline is a member of the Advisory Board of the Pak Army Green Book.

Recent Activities

In July 2015 Professor Kennedy lectured at LUISS in Rome on 'Parliaments and War'.

Professor Caroline Kennedy has just published with Gordon Clubb and Simon Mabon, Terrorism and Political Violence (Sage 2015) In the collection Caroline has contributed a chapter on Martyrs and IEDs.

In January 2015, Professor Kennedy gave a lecture at the University of Iceland entitled ‘The current Shapes and Shadows of the Cold War’. 

In March 2015, Professor Kennedy was a guest of University College Cork and she lectured on ‘Embrace Me in Suicide Vest’ an exploration of IEDs in contemporary conflict.

In April 2015, Professor Kennedy presented a paper on ‘Troublemakers in International Relations’ for the School of History and the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Professor Kennedy is just about to publish ‘In conversation with Jean Bethke Elshtain’ in Suganami and Lebow’s edited book entitled ‘Dialogue with the Dead.’  Palgrave, 2015.


Areas of Supervision

  • Contemporary Security Issues
  • Russian Foreign Policy
  • Cold War Politics
  • Counter Insurgency


Key Publications

Single Authored Monographs

  • ‘The Origins of the Cold War’, Palgrave, 2007.
  • 'Russia and the World’, Edward Arnold, 1998.
  • 'The Origins of the Conflict in Ireland', Longman Publishing, 1997.
  • 'Stalin’s Cold War', Manchester University Press, 1995.


  • ‘In Conversation with Jean Bethke Elshtain’ in Ned Lebow and Hidemi Suganami, (edited) Dialogue with the Dead. Palgrave, 2015. 
  • ‘Suicide Bombers, Martyrs and IEDs’ in Caroline Kennedy, Gordon Chubb and Simon Mabon, (edited) Terrorism and Political Violence, Sage 2015.  Forthcoming.
  • With Thomas Waldman, ‘The Changing Nature of Intrastate Conflict and New Wars’ in The Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars. 2014
  • With Sophia Dingli, ‘Gender and Security’ in Alan Collins, Edited, Contemporary Security Studies, Fourth Edition. OUP, 2015.
  • With Thomas Waldman, ‘Ways of War in the Twenty-first Century’ in Mark Beeson & Nick Bisley, Edited, Issues in Twenty-First Century Politics. Palgrave, 2013. Pp.92-106.
  • With Thomas Waldman, ‘The Changing nature of intrastate conflict and ‘new wars’ in The Routledge Companion to Civil Wars Studies. Routledge, 2013.
  • ‘American Foreign Policy after 9/11’ in Michael Cox and Doug Stokes, Edited, US Foreign Policy. Chapter 20. Second Edition, 2012.
  • ‘Gender and Security’ in Alan Collins, Edited, Contemporary Security Studies. Third Edition. Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp,117-130.
  • ‘Tactics of Mistake; Torture, Security and the Ethics of ‘Liberal’ Wars after 9/11. In Annika Bergman-Rosamund & Mark Pythian. Edited, War, Ethics and Justice. New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World. London: Routledge, 2011. Pp. 9-22.

Some Key Journal Articles

  • With James Rogers, ‘ Virtuous Drones’ in  The International Journal of Human Rights. 2015. vol. 19.2. pp.211-227. 
  • With Sophia Dingli  ‘The Aden Pivot?’ in  Civil Wars, Vol. 16, issue 1  pp. 86-104.
  • With James Rogers ‘ Dying for Peace? Fatality Trends for United Nations Peacekeeping Personnel’ in International Peacekeeping.  Vol.21. No. 5. 2014. Pp.658-672.
  • With Sophia Dingli, ‘The Aden Pivot’ in Civil Wars, May 2014 pp.86-104.
  • With Sophia Dingli, ‘Lawrence, Tribes, Insurgents and Lessons’ in The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society. Hampshire, 2013/2014.
  • With Sophia Dingli, ‘Lawrence and the Study of War’ in The Journal of the T.E. Lawrence Society. Hampshire. 2013/2014.
  • The Manichean temptation: Moralising rhetoric and the invocation of evil in US foreign policy’ in International Politics, 2013.
  • With Nicholas Rengger ‘ The State of War’ in International Affairs. 2008. September. Pp.891-902.
  • With Andrew Mumford, Torture, Rights, Rules and Wars: Ireland to Iraq’ in International Relations 2007.21. pp.119-126.
  • With Rhiannon Vickers, ‘Blowback ‘ for Britain?: Blair, Bush and the War in Iraq’ in Review of International Studies 2007. Vol.33. pp.205-221.
  • With Nicholas Rengger, ‘Apocalypse Now? Continuities or Disjunctions in world politics after 9/11’ in International Affairs. 2006. Vol.82. No.3. May.
  • With Nicholas Rengger, ‘BISA at thirty ; reflections on three decades of British International Relations scholarship’ in Review of International Studies 2006. 32. Pp.6665-676.
  • With Michael Cox, The Tragedies of American Foreign Policy’ in Journal of Cold War Studies. Vol.7. Issue 1. Winter 2005.
  • Whose Security? State-Building and the ‘Emancipation’ of Women in Central Asia’ in International Relations. 2004. Vol.18. pp91-107.
  • With Colin McInnes ‘The British Army and the Peace Process in Ireland’ in The Journal of Conflict Studies. 2001. Vol. XX1. No.1. p-21-46.
  • ‘Women and the Military’ in Journal of Strategic Studies. 2000. Vol. 23. No.4. pp.32-50.
  • With Penny Stanley, ‘Rape in War: Lessons of the Balkan Conflicts in the 1990s’ in The International Journal of Human Rights. 2000. Autumn Winter. Pp67-84.


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