Ian Clark

Photograph of Ian Clark.

E H Carr Professor in International Politics

MA University of Glasgow
PhD Australian National University


Email: iic@aber.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1970 621767
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Office: 3.03


Ian Clark joined the Department in 1998, having previously taught at the University of Western Australia and the University of Cambridge. He has held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2002-4, and an ESRC Professorial Fellowship 2007-10. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1999, and has served as its Chair of Posts since 2005. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College in 2000, and in 2010 became a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation residence at Bellagio in 2003. He has held visiting appointments at the Australian National University, University of Cambridge, ASERI Milan, and Chuo University in Tokyo.


His research combines IR theory and international history. After working initially on Soviet foreign policy, his research concentrated for many years on the history of nuclear strategy, especially Anglo-American relations. This developed into an associated interest in the ethics of war. He then produced a number of historical and theoretical works about globalization. During most of the past decade, he has been researching aspects of international legitimacy, and making the case for the importance of this hitherto neglected aspect of international affairs. Currently, he is investigating the forms, understandings, and distribution of vulnerability in international order.

Teaching Areas

IP10420 Introduction to International Politics

PhD Supervision
IR theory and international history
Ethics of War
International Legitimacy
US Climate Change



Clark, I. 2014. International Society and China: The Power of Norms and the Norms of Power. Chinese Journal Of International Politics 7 (3) pp. 315-340. 10.1093/cjip/pot014


Cardenas, L.M., Hatch, D.J., Scholefield, D., Jhurreea, D., Clark, I.M., Hirsch, P.R., Salazar, F., Rao-Ravella, S., Alfaro, M., Ravella, S.R. 2013. Potential mineralization and nitrification in volcanic grassland soils in Chile. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 59 (3) pp. 380-391. 10.1080/00380768.2013.789395

Clark, I. 2013. The Vulnerable in International Society., Oxford University Press, Oxford


Bukovansky, M., Clark, I., Eckersley, R., Price, R., Reus-Smit, C., Wheeler, N.J. 2012. Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power., Cambridge University Press


Clark, I. 2011. China and the United States: A Succession of Hegemonies? International Affairs 87 (1) pp. 13-28. 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2011.00957.x

Clark, I. 2011. Hegemony in International Society., Oxford University Press, Oxford


Clark, I. 2009. Bringing hegemony back in: the United States and international order. International Affairs 85 (1) pp. 23-36. 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2009.00778.x Cadair

Clark, I. 2009. Democracy in International Society: Promotion or Exclusion? Millennium: Journal of International Studies Millennium: Critical Journal of International Relations 37 (3) pp. 563-581. 10.1177/0305829809103233 Other

Clark, I. 2009. How Hierarchical Can International Society Be? International Relations 23 (3) pp. 464-480. 10.1177/0047117809340472 Other

Clark, I. 2009. Towards an English School Theory of Hegemony. European Journal of International Relations 15 (2) pp. 203-228. 10.1177/1354066109103136


Clark, I. 2008. La legittimita nella societa internazionale., Vita e pensiero


Clark, I. 2007. International Legitimacy and World Society., Oxford University Press Cadair Other


Gilpin, R., 2005. Conversations in International Relations: Interview with Robert Gilpin. International Relations 19 (3) pp. 361-372. 10.1177/0047117805055412 Other

Clark, I. 2005. Legitimacy in International Society., Oxford University Press Cadair


Clark, I. 2001. Another 'double movement”: the great transformation after the Cold War? Review of International Studies 27 (5) pp. 237-255. 10.1017/S0260210501008105 Cadair

Clark, I. 2001. The Post-Cold War Order: The Spoils of Peace., Oxford University Press Cadair Other