Portrait of Dr Philip Cunliffe

Dr Philip Cunliffe

Senior Lecturer in International Conflict


Philip Cunliffe joined the School in 2009 after completing his doctorate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. His academic expertise is focused on questions of sovereignty, international order, military intervention and liberal international conflict management. He has written and / or edited six books examining various dimensions of these issues, as well as research articles and chapters contributed to scholarly collections. These books include most recently 'The New Twenty Years’ Crisis 1999-2019: A critique of contemporary international relations' (McGill-Queens University Press) and 'Cosmopolitan Dystopia: International Intervention and the Failure of the West' (Manchester University Press). He also has research interests in critical social theory and International Relations theory.

Previously Philip taught in the Defence Studies and War Studies departments of King's College London. His doctoral research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, examined developing countries' personnel contribution to United Nations peacekeeping operations across 1997 to 2007. The results of this investigation were published in his third book, 'Legions of Peace: UN Peacekeepers from the Global South', which was published by Hurst in 2013. Prior to his doctoral study, he completed his Master's in International Politics at Aberystwyth and read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford University. In 2008 Philip was appointed to provide reports on Western Balkan politics for the Economist Intelligence Unit, and he was appointed a fellow of the High Education Academy in 2014.

Philip has also undertaken a variety of roles in the wider academic community. Across 2006-2010 Philip was one of the founding editors of the Routledge 'Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding' and across 2014-2020, Philip served as Editor in Chief of the Routledge journal 'International Peacekeeping'. In 2018 Philip helped establish the ‘Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding’ working group of the British International Studies Association. He has appeared frequently in broadcast and print media including The Times, UnHerd, Spiked Online, The Spectator, GB News, BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera, Sputnik Radio, Russia Today, Press TV, among others. He is one of the co-hosts of the @bungacast podcast and tweets @thephilippics.  

Research interests

Peacekeeping; Humanitarian Intervention; Responsibility to Protect; Self-Determination; Sovereignty; Critical Theory; IR Theory   




Philip is interested in supervising any viable and original projects that fall within his research interests. 

Current PhD students 

  • Aris Roussinos

Past PhD students

  • Tadek Markiewicz
  • Collin Fisher
  • Juuso Miettunen 
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