Campbell Craig

Photograph of Campbell Craig .

Professor in International Politics

BA Carleton College
MA University of Chicago
PhD Ohio University


Phone: +44 (0)1970 622704
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Office: 3.07


Professor Craig joined the department in 2009.  He was previously professor of international relations at the University of Southampton (2005-09), international security studies fellow and visiting associate professor in international affairs at Yale University (2004-05), and lecturer and senior lecturer in US history at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (1999-2004).  In the spring of 2009 he was a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.  He has given invited lectures at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Chicago, Columbia, Cambridge, Sciences-Po, the Free University of Berlin, the London School of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and other universities.  From September to December 2013 Professor Craig is a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.


Professor Craig writes about the history of US foreign policy, the Cold War, historical and theoretical aspects of the nuclear revolution, and contemporary international politics.  In much of his work he has sought to describe how the fear of nuclear war has shaped both foreign-policy making and discourse about politics, particularly in America, and how this fear has transformed international politics at the systemic level.  More recently he has taken an interest in conceptions of world government and, relatedly, the rising IR field of historical sociology. 

Teaching Areas

IP30420  International Politics during the Nuclear Age
IP32020  The Cold War

IPM2530  Realism in the American Century

PhD Supervision
US foreign policy
International history, especially 1941-1991
History of international relations thought, especially Realist variants of it
Theories of the nuclear revolution
Conceptions of world government



Craig, C., Ruzicka, J. 2014. Nuclear Security, Nuclear Dangers. The New York Times Other


Craig, C. 2013. Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In T. Lynch (ed), The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History., Oxford University Press, New York pp. 228.

Craig, C., Friedman, B.H., Green, B.R., Logan, J., Brooks, S.G., Ikenberry, G.J., Wohlforth, W.C. 2013. Debating American Engagement: The Future of U.S. Grand Strategy. International Security 38 (2) pp. 181-199. 10.1162/ISEC_c_00140

Craig, C. 2013. Kennedy's international legacy, fifty years on. International Affairs 89 (6) pp. 1367-1378. 10.1111/inta.2013.89.issue-6 Other

Craig, H.C., Ruzicka, J. 2013. The Nonproliferation Complex. Ethics and International Affairs 27 (3) pp. 329-348. 10.1017/S0892679413000257

Craig, C. 2013. The Nuclear Revolution: A Product of the Cold War, or Something More? In R. Immerman, P. Goedde (eds), Oxford Handbook of the Cold War. Oxford handbooks, Oxford University Press pp. 360-376.

Craig, C., Ruzicka, J. 2013. The problem with nuclear nonproliferation. The Washington Post Other

2013. Why JFK’s legacy lives on in Europe. Other


Craig, C. 2012. Testing Organisation Man: The Cuban Missile Crisis and The Limits of Safety. International Relations 26 (3) pp. 291-303. 10.1177/0047117812451965 Other

Craig, C. 2012. The end of the cold war and soviet collapse - the limits of realism and liberalism: A reply to Wohlforth, Deudney and Ikenberry. International Politics 49 (3) pp. 383-387. 10.1057/ip.2012.4 Other

Craig, C., Ruzicka, J. 2012. Who’s in, who’s out? London Review of Books pp. 37-38. Other


Craig, H.C. 2011. Why World Government failed after World War II: a Historical Lesson for Contemporary Efforts. In L. Cabrera (ed), Global Governance, Global Government: Institutional Visions for an Evolving World System., State University of New York Press, New York pp. 77-100.


Craig, C. 2010. Just Like Ike (on Deterrence). The New York Times pp. A27. Other


Craig, C., Logevall, F. 2009. America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity., Harvard University Press Other

Craig, C. 2009. American power preponderance and the nuclear revolution. Review of International Studies 35 (1) pp. 27-44. 10.1017/S0260210509008316


Craig, C. 2008. Review by Campbell Craig, University of Southampton. H-Diplo Roundtable Reviews pp. 10-14. Other

Craig, C., Radchenko, S. 2008. The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War., Yale University Press

Craig, C. 2008. The Resurgent Idea of World Government. Ethics and International Affairs 22 (2) pp. 133-142. 10.1111/j.1747-7093.2008.00139.x


Craig, C. 2007. Hans Morgenthau and the World State Revisited. In M. Williams (ed), Realism Reconsidered: The Legacy of Hans Morgenthau in International Relations., Oxford University Press, New York pp. 195-215.


Craig, C. 2004. American Realism Versus American Imperialism. World Politics 57 (01) pp. 143-171. 10.1353/wp.2005.0010 Other

Craig, C. 2004. Glimmer of a New Leviathan: Total War in the Realism of Niebuhr, Morgenthau, and Waltz., Columbia University Press, New York


Craig, C. 2003. The Illogic of Henry Kissinger's Nuclear Strategy. Armed Forces and Society 29 (4) pp. 547-568. 10.1177/0095327X0302900405 Other

Craig, C. 2003. Transaction Introduction. In C. Beard (ed), President Roosevelt and the coming of the war 1941: Appearances and Realities. American Presidents, Transaction Publishers, Piscataway pp. vii-xxvi.


Craig, C. 2001. The Not-So-Strange Career of Charles Beard. Diplomatic History 25 (2) pp. 251-274. 10.1111/diph.2001.25.issue-2 Other


Craig, C. 1998. Destroying the Village: Eisenhower and Thermonuclear War., Columbia University Press, New York


Craig, C. 1993. A Boat Against the Current: Kennan's World. Security Studies 3 (2) pp. 369-379. 10.1080/09636419309347553 Other


Craig, C. 1992. The New Meaning of Modern War in the Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr. Journal of the History of Ideas 53 (4) pp. 687-701. 10.2307/2709944 Other