Ken Booth

Photograph of Ken Booth.

Senior Research Associate President, David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies

BA University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
PhD University College of Wales, Aberystwyth


Phone: +44 (0)1970 622694
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Former E.H. Carr Professor and Head of Department.  Former Chair and President of the British International Studies Association, and present Vice-President.  Visiting positions at the US Naval War College, Dalhousie University (Canada), Cambridge University, University of Southern California, Antwerp University.  Fellowships: FBA, AcSS, FRSA.  Current editor of International Relations, previously on the editorial team of the Review of International Studies.  International Editorial Board member of seven journals.  Papers and addresses given in nearly 30 countries.  Twice served on the HEFC RAE panel for Politics and International Studies.  Recipient of the Susan Strange Award from the International Studies Association, Montreal, 2004.   


Main research areas in the past (until the mid-1980s): strategic studies with special reference to nuclear weapons, disarmament and arms control, naval strategy, and security in Europe.  Main research areas since the mid-1980s: the theory and practice of security, international relations theory, human rights, nuclear disarmament, and security in Africa.  Current projects include: realism and critical theory, an intellectual biography of John Herz, food and water security in Africa, the future of global security.

Staff Publications

Key Publications

Terror in Our Time, with Tim Dunne (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012). ix and 230pp.

Realism and World Politics, Editor and contributor(Abingdon: Routledge, 2011). xviii+346pp.

The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics, with Nicholas J. Wheeler (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).  xvi and 364pp.

Theory of World Security (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) xviii and 489pp.

‘Human wrongs in international relations’, International Affairs, Vol.71(1),1995, pp 103-26

‘Security and emancipation’, Review of International Studies, Vol.17(4),1991, pp 313-26

‘Security in Anarchy: Utopian Realism in Theory and Practice’, International Affairs, Vol.67(3), 1991, pp 527-45

Strategy and ethnocentrism (London: Croom Helm Ltd, 1979) 191pp


Works in Progress

International Relations: all that matters (Hodder)

International Relations Theory Today, editor and contributor with Toni Erskine (Polity)

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