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Sir Adam Roberts

"Professor Sir Adam Roberts, KCMG, FBA, is President of the British Academy. He is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His main academic interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations...

"He was a Member of the Council of Chatham House (Royal Institute of International Affairs), London, 1985-91. Governor, Ditchley Foundation, 2001- . Member of the Council, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 2002-8. Member, UK Defence Academy Advisory Board (DAAB), 2003- . In 1990, elected Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). In 2002, appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG). He is an Honorary Fellow of LSE and of St Antony's College, Oxford." [1]

"From 1 September 2003 to 1 September 2006 he was Director of Graduate Studies in International Relations. This post is now held by Prof. Yuen Foong Khong of Nuffield College...

"Chair, Organizing Committee, Oxford Project on 'Civil Resistance and Power Politics', January 2005- ." [2]

Select Publications

  • "Civilian Defence." Co-editor with Gene Sharp, Jerome Frank, and Arne Næss. 70 pp. Forward by the Honorable Alastair Buchan. London: Peace News, 1964.
  • Civilian Defense: An Introduction. Co-editor with Gene Sharp and T.K. Mahadevan. 265 pp. Introductory statement by President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, and New Delhi: Gandhi Peace Foundation.
  • (ed.) The Strategy of Civilian Defence: Non-violent Resistance to Aggression, Faber, London, 1967.
  • (with Philip Windsor) Czechoslovakia 1968: Reform, Repression and Resistance, Chatto & Windus for Institute for Strategic Studies, London, 1969.
  • (joint author) Terrorism and International Order, Routledge & Kegan Paul for Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 1986.
  • Nations in Arms: The Theory and Practice of Territorial Defence, 2nd edn., Macmillan for International Institute for Strategic Studies, 1986.
  • (ed., with Hedley Bull and Benedict Kingsbury) Hugo Grotius and International Relations, Oxford University Press, 1990.
  • Civil Resistance in the East European and Soviet Revolutions (Einstein Institution Monograph Series no. 4), The Albert Einstein Institution, Cambridge, Mass., 1991.
  • (ed., with Benedict Kingsbury) United Nations, Divided World: The UN's Roles in International Relations, 2nd edn., Oxford University Press, 1993.
  • Humanitarian Action in War: Aid, Protection and Impartiality in a Policy Vacuum (Adelphi Paper no. 305 of International Institute for Strategic Studies, London), Oxford University Press, December 1996.
  • (ed., with Richard Guelff) Documents on the Laws of War, 3rd edn., Oxford University Press, April 2000.
  • ‘Transformative Military Occupation: Applying the Laws of War and Human Rights', American Journal of International Law, Washington DC, vol. 100, no. 3, July 2006.
  • (ed., with Vaughan Lowe, Jennifer Welsh and Dominik Zaum) The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice since 1945, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • (with Dominik Zaum) Selective Security: War and the United Nations Security Council since 1945 (Adelphi Paper no. 395 of International Institute for Strategic Studies, London), Routledge, Abingdon, July 2008, 93 pp.
  • (ed., with Timothy Garton Ash) Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • People Power: Berlin to Burma’, The World Today, London, vol. 65, no. 11, November 2009. Available at Chatham House website.
  • (chapter) ‘An "Incredibly Swift Transition": Reflections on the End of the Cold War', in Melvyn Leffler and Odd Arne Westad (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War, vol. III, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, forthcoming 2009.
  • ‘An “Incredibly Swift Transition”: Reflections on the End of the Cold War’, in Melvyn Leffler and Odd Arne Westad (eds.), The Cambridge History of the Cold War, vol. III, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010.

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  1. Adam Roberts, belfercenter, accessed January 15, 2011.
  2. Professor Sir Adam Roberts KCMG MA FBA, Oxford University, accessed July 12, 2007.
  3. People, Belfer Center, accessed November 18, 2008.