Michael A. Innes is a scholar-practitioner based in the Department of Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he co-teaches courses on political analysis, international relations and post-conflict justice and memory. During the winter term of 2020, he will also be a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, City University of London, where he will be co-teaching advanced topics in comparative politics. He has held honorary fellow and associate posts at universities in the UK, the US, Canada and Norway, and remains a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
His academic credentials include a PhD in politics from SOAS on wartime sanctuary discourses in relation to Afghanistan and Iraq. Before this he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, focused on ethnic conflict, nationalism, genocide, war crimes and armed intervention. He is a graduate of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) doctoral methods course on case studies and process tracing in the study of civil wars, as well as numerous professional training courses on analytical tradecraft, network analysis and research support for arbitration of international boundary disputes.
Research interests focus broadly on comparative politics of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, formal and informal institutions, rebel self-governance, forensic political inquiry, and policy research in the realms of defence, development and foreign affairs. He has published articles and essays in both scholarly and popular outlets, including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies, SAIS Review, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Transitions Online, the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor, and the online editions of CNN, Foreign Policy and Wired magazines.
His book, Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009, forthcoming in the spring/summer of 2020 from C. Hurst & Co. Publishers in London, draws in part from personal experience and from his doctoral work at SOAS. Further research and publication plans include an investigation of the forensic turn in international security. A second book, provisionally entitled Harbors in the Storm, explores differing models of refuge and containment, with a special emphasis on competitive systems of governance and control, across multiple Cold War era foreign policy crises.
Prior to academia, he served briefly in the army. He subsequently spent six years as a civilian analyst and advisor at a series of NATO headquarters, first in the Balkans and last at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Casteau, Belgium. He maintains an active consulting practice covering a range of desk and field research activities. His work has taken him as far afield as Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Kosovo, Lebanon, and most recently, north-eastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area of West Africa.
On Twitter: @Michael_A_Innes
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/minnes
At the School of Oriental and African Studies: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff88623.php