Michael W. Doyle is a University Professor of 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.  He has written or edited fourteen books.  They 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, 1977) with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse. Recently Doyle convened a commission of experts who produced the Model International Mobility Convention.  He has also published chapters in books and numerous articles, 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/Institute and was until 2018 chair 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).  Doyle 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.  Doyle 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, Doyle 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 later served as an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratization, from 2006 through 2013.

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


Michael Doyle, The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015).
Michael Doyle, Liberal Peace: Selected Essays (New York: Routledge, 2012).
Michael Doyle, Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).
Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis, Making War and Building Peace: United Nations Peace Operations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).
International Law and Organization: Closing the Compliance Gap, eds. Michael Doyle and Edward Luck (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004).
The Globalization of Human Rights, eds. Jean-Marc Coicaud, Michael Doyle, and Anne-Marie Gardner (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2003).
Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century, eds. Michael Doyle and Olara Otunnu (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 1998).
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 and Ayaka Suzuki, “Transitional Authority in Cambodia,” in The United Nations and Civil Wars, ed. Tom Weiss (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1995).
Michael Doyle, Empires (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1986).
Escalation and Intervention: Multilateral Security and Its Alternatives, eds. Arthur Day and Michael Doyle (Boulder, CO., and London: Westview Press/United Nations Association; Mansell Publishing, 1986).    
Michael Doyle, Fred Hirsch, and Edward Morse, Alternatives to Monetary Disorder (New York: Council on Foreign Relations/McGraw Hill, 1997).
Keeping the Peace: Multidimensional UN Peace Operations, eds. Michael Doyle, Ian Johnstone, and Robert Orr (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1977).
Michael Doyle, Ways of War and Peace (New York: W.W. Norton, 1997).

Principal Articles

Michael Doyle, “The Model International Mobility Convention,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 56, no. 2 (2018).
Michael Doyle, “Responsibility Sharing: From Principle to Policy,” International Journal of Refugee Law 20, no. 1-5 (2018).
Michael Doyle, “The Politics of Global Humanitarianism: The Responsibility to Protect Before and After Libya,” International Politics 53, no. 1 (2016).
Michael Doyle, “International Ethics and the Responsibility to Protect,” International Studies Review 13, no. 1 (2011).
“Differentiating Compliance With International Law: Stanley Hoffmann’s Threefold Distinction,” French Politics 7, no. 3/4 (2009).
Michael Doyle, “A Few Words on Mill, Walzer and Nonintervention,” Ethics and International Affairs 23, no. 4 (2009).
Geoffrey Carlson and Michael Doyle, “Silence of the Laws? Conceptions of International Relations and International Law in Hobbes, Kant and Locke,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law 46, no. 3 (2008).
Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis, “No Easy Choices: Estimating the Effects of United Nations Peacekeeping,” International Studies Quarterly 51 (2007).
Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis, “The UN Record on Peacekeeping Operations,” International Journal 62, no. 3 (2007).
Michael Doyle, “The Ethics of Multilateral Intervention,” Theoria 109 (2006).
Michael Doyle, “One World, Many Peoples: International Justice in John Rawls’s The Law of Peoples,” Perspectives on Politics 4, no. 1 (2006).
Michael Doyle, “The Three Pillars of the Liberal Peace,” American Political Science Review 99, no. 3 (2005).
Michael Doyle, “A More Perfect Union? The Liberal Peace and the Challenge of Globalization,” Review of International Studies 26 (2000). Reprinted in Global Governance in the Twenty-first Century, eds. John Clarke and Geoffrey Edwards (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Michael Doyle, “International Peacebuilding: A Theoretical and Quantitative Analysis,” American Political Science Review 94, no. 4 (2000).
Michael Doyle, “The New Interventionism,” Metaphilosophy 32, no. 1-2 (2001).
Michael Doyle, “Imperios Revisitados,” Penelope: Revista de Historia e Ciencias Sociais 21, trans. Marta Duarte (1999).
Michael Doyle and Nishkala Suntharalingam, “The UN in Cambodia: Lessons for Complex Peacekeeping,” International Peacekeeping 1, no. 2 (1994).
Michael Doyle, “Thucydidean Realism,” Review of International Studies 16 (1990).
Michael Doyle, “Liberal Institutions and International Ethics,” in Political Realism and International Morality: Ethics in the Nuclear Age, eds. Kenneth Kipnis and Diana Meyers (Boulder and London: Westview Press, 1987).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and World Politics,” American Political Science Review 80, no. 4 (1986).
Michael Doyle, “Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs: Part II,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 12, no. 4 (1983).
Michael Doyle, “Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs: Part I,” Philosophy and Public Affairs 12, no. 3 (1983).  Reprinted in Global Ethics: Seminal Essays, eds. Thomas Pogge and Keith Horton (St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2008).
Michael Doyle, “Stalemate in the North-South Debate,” World Politics 35, no. 3 (1983).
Michael Doyle, “Imperial Decline and World Order: The World Politics of a Mixed Blessing,” International Interactions 8, no. 1-2 (1981).
Michael Doyle, “Histoire des Structures (Finance and the Evolution of the British Economy in the Nineteenth Century),” Revue Internationale d’Histoire de la Banque 19 (1980).
Michael Doyle, “Building Peace: The John W. Holmes Lecture,” Global Governance 13, no. 1 (2007).
Michael Doyle, “Dialects of a Global Constitution: The Struggle over the UN Charter,” European Journal of International Relations 18, no. 4 (2012).

Book Chapters

Michael Doyle, “The Politics of Global Humanitarianism: R2P Before and After Libya,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Responsibility to Protect, eds. Alex Bellamy and Tim Dunne (2016).
Michael Doyle, “Postbellum Peacebuilding: Law Justice and Democratic Peacebuilding,” in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift, eds. Chester Crocker, Fen Hampson, and Pamel Aall (Washington, DC: USIP, 2015).
Michael Doyle, “Law, Ethics, and the Responsibility to Protect,” in The Ethics of Armed Humanitarian Intervention, ed. Don Scheid (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014).
Michael Doyle, “Ethics, Law and the Responsibility to Protect,” in Justice and Peace: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Relationship, ed. Gunther Hellmann (Frankfurt: Campus Verlag, 2013).
Michael Doyle, “J.S. Mill on Nonintervention and Intervention,” in Just and Unjust Intervention: European Thinkers from Vitoria to Mill, eds. Stefano Recchia and Jennifer Welsh (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
Michael Doyle, “La paix liberale revistee,” in La Democratie et la Guerre au XXI siecle, eds. Vincent Holeindre and Geoffroy Murat, trans. Felix Blanc and Annie Lherete (Paris: Hermann, 2012).
Michael Doyle, “The UN Charter- A Global Constitution?,” in Ruling the World: Constitutionalism, International Law and Global Governance, eds. Jeffrey Dunoff and Joel Trachtman (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and Foreign Policy,” in Foreign Policy: Theories, Actors, Cases, eds. Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield, and Tim Dunne (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).
Michael Doyle, “Sovereignty and Humanitarian Military Intervention,” in A Companion to Contemporary Political Philosophy, 2d ed., eds. Robert Goodin, P. Pettit, and T. Pogge (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008).
Michael Doyle, “The Liberal Peace, Democratic Accountability, and the Challenge of Globalization,” in Globalization Theory: Approaches and Controversies, eds. David Held and Anthony Grew (2007).
Samuel Daws and Michael Doyle, “Peacekeeping Operations,” in The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, eds. Thomas Weiss and Samuel Daws (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
Michael Doyle, “Kant and Liberal Internationalism,” in Toward Perpetual Peace and Other Writings on Politics, Peace and History/Immanuel Kant, ed. Pauline Kleingeld (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).
Michael Doyle, “Ideologies and Polities,” in War and Peace in the Twentieth Century and Beyond, Proceedings of the Nobel Centennial Symposium, eds. Geir Lundestad and Olav Njolstad (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2002).
Michael Doyle, “UN Intervention and National Sovereignty,” in The Self-Determination of Peoples: Community, Nation, and State in an Interdependent World, ed. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber (Boulder, Lynne Rienner, 2002).
Michael Doyle, “Strategy and Transitional Authority,” in Ending Civil Wars: The Implementation of Peace Agreements, eds. Stepehen Stedman, Donald Rothchild, and Elizabeth Cousens (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002).
Michael Doyle, “Warmaking and Peacemaking: The United Nations’ Post-Cold War Record,” in Turbulent Peace: The Challenges of Managing International Conflict, eds. Chester Crocker, Fen Hampson, and Pamela Aall (Washington: USIP, 2001).
Michael Doyle, “Global Economic Inequalities: A Growing Moral Gap,” in Principled World Politics: The Challenge of Normative International Relations, eds. Paul Wapner and Lester Ruiz (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).
Michael Doyle and Rachel Massey, “Intergovernmental Organizations and the Environment: Introduction,” in The Global Environment in the Twenty-First Century: Prospects for International Cooperation, ed. Pamela Chasek (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2000).
Michael Doyle and Rachel Massey, “Intergovernmental Organizations and the Environment: Looking Towards the Future,” in The Global Environment in the Twenty-First Century: Prospects for International Cooperation, ed. Pamela Chasek (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2000).
Michael Doyle, “Peacebuilding in Cambodia: Legitimacy and Power,” in Peacebuilding as Politics, eds. Elizabeth Cousens, Chetan Kumar, and Karin Wermester (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2000).
Michael Doyle, “Ethics and Foreign Policy: A Speculative Essay,” in New Labour’s Foreign Policy: A New Moral Crusade?, eds. Richard Little and Mark Wickham-Jones (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000).
Michael Doyle, “Peace, Liberty, and Democracy: Realists and Liberals Contest a Legacy,” in American Democracy Promotion, eds. Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, and Takashi Inoguchi (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).
Michael Doyle, “International Organizations in Peace and Security: An Introduction,” in International Security Management and United Nations, eds. Muthiah Alagappa and Takashi Inoguchi (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 1999).
Michael Doyle, “Conclusion: International Organizations, Peace, and Security,” in International Security Management and United Nations, eds. Muthiah Alagappa and Takashi Inoguchi (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 1999).
Michael Doyle, “A Liberal View: Preserving and Expanding the Liberal Pacific Union,” in International Order and the Future of World Politics, eds. T.V. Paul and John Hall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
Michael Doyle, “War and Peace in Cambodia,” in Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention, eds. Barbara Walter and Jack Snyder (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).
Michael Doyle, “Peacekeeping in Cambodia, The Continuing Quest for Power and Legitimacy,” in Cambodia and the International Community, eds. Frederick Brown and David Timberman (New York: Asia Society, 1998).
Michael Doyle, “Introduction,” in Keeping the Peace: Multidimensional UN Peace Operations, eds. Michael Doyle, Ian Johnstone, and Robert Orr (Cambridge; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Michael Doyle and Fred Hirsch, “Politicization in the World Economy: Necessary Conditions for an International Economic Order,” in Alternatives to Monetary Disorder, eds. Fred Hirsch, Michael Doyle, and Edward Morse (New York : McGraw-Hill, 1977).
Michael Doyle, “Forward to the Past? Balances of Power: Past and Future,” in Recasting International Paradigms, eds. Eun Ho Lee, and Woosang Kim (Seoul: Korean Association of International Studies, 1997).
Michael Doyle, “Introduction: The End of the Cold War, the Classical Tradition, and International Change,” in New Thinking in International Relations Theory, eds. Michael Doyle and John Ikenberry (New York: Routledge, 1997).
Michael Doyle, “Conclusion: Continuity and Innovation in International Relations Theory,” in New Thinking in International Relations Theory, eds. Michael Doyle and John Ikenberry (New York: Routledge, 1997).
Michael Doyle, Ian Johnstone, and Robert Orr, “Strategies for Peace: Conclusions and Lessons,” in Keeping the Peace: Multidimensional UN Operations, eds. Michael Doyle, Ian Johnstone, and Robert Orr (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Michael Doyle, “The United Nations and National Self-Determination: The New Interventionism and an Internationalist Alternative,” in Self-Determination and Self-Administration: A Sourcebook, eds. Wolfgang Danspeckgruber and Arthur Watts (Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1997).
Michael Doyle, “La Paix, la Guerre et le Gouvernement du Peuple: Kant et les Autres,” in L’Annee 1795 – Kant, Essai sur la Paix, eds. Pierre Laberge, Guy Lafrance, and Denis Dumas, trans. Pierre Laberge (Paris: Librarie J Vrin, 1997).
Michael Doyle, “Managing Global Security: The United Nations: Not a War Maker, a Peace Maker,” in U.S. Foreign Policy and the United Nations System, eds. Charles William Maynes, and Richard S. Williamson (New York: American Assembly/W.W. Norton, 1996).
Michael Doyle, “Strategies of Enhanced Consent,” in Preventing Conflict in the Post-Communist World: Mobilizing International and Regional Organizations, eds. Abram Chayes and Antonia Handler Chayes (Washington, DC: The Brookings Institution, 1996).
Michael Doyle,”Die Stimme der Volker,” in Zum ewigen Frieden, ed. Otfried Hoffe (Berlin Akademie Verlag, 1995). (A revision of “Voice of the People,” translated by Steffen Wesche).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and the End of the Cold War,” in International Relations Theory and the End of the Cold War, eds. Richard Lebow and Thomas Risse-Kappen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1995).
Michael Doyle, “Balancing Power Classically: An Alternative to Collective Security?,” in Collective Security Beyond the Cold War, ed. George Downs (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994).
Michael Doyle, “The Voice of the People: Political Theorists on the International Implications of Democracy,” in The Fall of Great Powers: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy, ed. Geir Lundestad (Oslo: Scandinavian University Press/Oxford University Press, 1994).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and World Politics Revisited,” in Controversies in International Relations Theory, ed. Charles W. Kegley (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994).
Michael Doyle, “UNTAC: Sources of Success and Failure,” in International Peacekeeping: Building on the Cambodian Experience, ed. Hugh Smith (Canberra: Australian Defence Studies Centre, ADFA, 1994).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and the Transition to a Post-Cold War System,” in The International System After the Collapse of the East-West Order, eds. Armand Clesse, Richard Cooper, and Yoshikazu Sakamoto (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijihoff Publishers, 1994).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and International Relations,” in Kant and Political Philosophy: The Contemporary Legacy, eds. Ronald Beiner and William James Booth (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993).
Michael Doyle, “Politics and Grand Strategy,” in The Domestic Bases of Grand Strategy, eds. Richard Rosecrance and Arthur Stein (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993).
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).
Michael Doyle, “An International Liberal Community,” in Rethinking America’s Security, eds. Graham Allison and Gregory Treverton (New York: Council on Foreign Relations/Norton, 1992).
Michael Doyle, “Liberal Internationalism,” in Shepherd of Democracy: America and the German Question, eds. Carl Hodge and Cathal Nolan (Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group Inc, 1992).
Michael Doyle, “Thucydides: A Realist?,” in Hegemonic Rivalry, eds. Barry Strauss and R. Ned Lebow (Boulder, CO: Westview, 1991). Reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition of The Peloponnesian War: Thucydides, ed. and trans. Walter Blanco (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998).
Michael Doyle, “Liberalism and the Formulation of United States Interests,” in United States National Strategy for the 1990s, eds. D. Kaufman et. al. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991).
Michael Doyle, “Introduction,” in Escalation and Intervention, eds. Michael Doyle and A. Day (1986).
Michael Doyle, “Grenada: An International Crisis in Multilateral Security,” in Escalation and Intervention, eds. A. Day and Michael Doyle (1986).
Michael Doyle, “Metropole, Periphery, and System: Empire on the Niger and the Nile,” in States versus Markets in the World System, eds. Peter Evans, D. Rueschemeyer, and E. Stephens (Beverly Hills: Sage, 1985).
Michael Doyle, “Cultivating Disaster: Local and International Contexts Affecting the Provision of Food in Natural Disasters,” in Disaster Assistance, eds. Lynn Stephens and Stephen Green (New York: United Nations Association/ NYU Press, 1979).
Michael Doyle, “Endemic Surprise? Strategic Surprises in First World-Third World Relations,” in Strategic Military Surprise, eds. Klaus Knorr and Patrick Morgan (New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1983).