Biography

Innes Profile PhotoMichael A. Innes is a scholar-practitioner and the author of Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009, forthcoming from C. Hurst & Co. Publishers in London. He is currently working on a second book, Harbors in the Storm, which explores the history of geopolitcal thresholds in Cold War Southeast Asia.

In his academic guise, he is based at SOAS, where he co-teaches courses on political analysis, international relations, international organizations, and historical memory. During the winter term of 2020, he was also a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of International Politics, City University of London, where he co-taught advanced topics in comparative politics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and he has held honorary fellow and associate posts at universities in the UK, the US, Canada and Norway.

His research interests reflect elements of academic and non-academic practice. These include the comparative politics of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, formal and informal institutions, rebel self-governance, technology developments and the history of science, and policy research in the realms of defence, development and foreign affairs. Current major research projects cover Cold War thresholds, the geopolitics of information, and forensic political inquiry.

His academic credentials include a PhD in politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as well as Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He is a graduate of the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) doctoral methods course on qualitative methods, case studies and process tracing, as well as numerous professional training courses on analytical tradecraft.

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. In addition to his current research on the Cold War, his publication agenda includes work on the role of information in international institutions, forensic aesthetics and international relations, and a primary sources reader.

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. He is currently based in the Middle East.

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