Michael Doyle

University Professor, Columbia University

1314 International Affairs

Michael W. Doyle is the Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor at Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Law School and the Department of Political Science.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was educated in France and Switzerland and received his high school diploma from Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida. He studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy for two years (and also qualified as a parachutist at Fort Benning) before transferring to Harvard University, where he earned his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. (in Political Science in 1977). As an undergraduate he won the Detur Prize and was named John Harvard Scholar. As a graduate student, he held the Atherton Prize Fellowship and a Resident Tutorship in Government in Leverett House. He completed his military service in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Doyle previously has taught at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University and Yale Law School. His publications include Ways of War and Peace (W.W. Norton); Empires (Cornell University Press); UN Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC’s Civil Mandate (Lynne Rienner Publishers); Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (Princeton Press, 2008); Liberal Peace: Collected Essays (Routledge, 2012); and The Question of Intervention: J.S. Mill and the Responsibility to Protect (Yale University Press, 2015). He has coauthored Making War and Building Peace (Princeton Press, 2006) with Nicholas Sambanis; Alternatives to Monetary Disorder (Council on Foreign Relations/McGraw Hill) with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse. He coedited Keeping the Peace (Cambridge University Press) with Ian Johnstone and Robert Orr; Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century (Rowman and Littlefield) with Olara Otunnu; New Thinking in International Relations Theory (Westview) with John Ikenberry and The Globalization of Human Rights, with Jean-Marc Coicaud and Anne-Marie Gardner (2003). He has also published numerous articles, chapters in books and occasional essays including “Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs: Parts I and II,” in Philosophy and Public Affairs and “Liberalism and World Politics,” in the American Political Science Review. He delivered the Tanner Lectures on “Anticipatory Self-Defense” at Princeton University, November, 2006, and the Castle Lectures on “Nonintervention and Intervention” at Yale University in October, 2011.

Doyle directed the Center of International Studies at Princeton University and chaired the Editorial Board and the Committee of Editors of World Politics. He was the vice-president and senior fellow of the International Peace Academy and is now a member of its board of directors. He has also served as a member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the UNHCR and the Advisory Committee of the Lessons-Learned Unit of the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (UN). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2009, he received the Charles E. Merriam Award of the American Political Science Association. The award is given biennially “to a person whose published work and career represent a significant contribution to the art of government through the application of social science research.” In 2011, he received the Hubert H. Humphrey Award “for notable public service,” also from the American Political Science Association. He is the second political scientist to receive both awards. In 2012 he was inducted as the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. In 2014, he was awarded an LLD (doctor of laws degree, honoris causa) from the University of Warwick, UK.

In 2001-2003, he served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His responsibilities in the Secretary-General’s Executive Office included strategic planning (the “Millennium Development Goals”), outreach to the international corporate sector (the “Global Compact’) and relations with Washington. He is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations System. He served as an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund from 2006 through 2013.

Michael Doyle is married to Amy Gutmann. They have a daughter and son-in-law and live in Philadelphia and New York.



Michael Doyle, and Nicholas Sambanis, Making War and Building Peace: United Nations Peace Operations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

Michael Doyle, Ways of War and Peace: Realism, Liberalism, and Socialism (New York: Norton, 1997).

Michael Doyle, UN Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC’s Civil Mandate (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1995).

Michael Doyle, Empires (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986).

Book Chapters

Michael Doyle, Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).

Richard K. Betts, Michael Doyle, and John Ikenberry, “An Intellectual Remembrance of Klaus Knorr,” in Power, Economics, and Security: the United States and Japan in Focus, ed. Henry Bienen (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992).