SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

BA (Wesleyan), MSc (London School of Economics), MPhil, PhD (Columbia University)
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Leslie Vinjamuri
Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice


Department of Politics and International Studies

Reader in International Relations

SOAS Middle East Institute (SMEI)


Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Chair of the CISD International Relations Speaker Series

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
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Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations.  

Dr Vinjamuri writes and speaks about America’s role in the world, international order, intervention, democracy, human rights and transitional justice. She is currently working on a project on the Future of Internationalism, with a focus on the US relationship with China and its implications for international and regional order.

In addition to her position at SOAS, Leslie is Director of the US & the Americas Programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. From 2010-2018 she was (founding) co-Director then Director (from 2016) of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS.

She is co-editor with Charles A. Kupchan of Anchoring the World (Foreign Affairs, 2021), editor of US Foreign Policy Priorities (Chatham House, 2020) and co-editor with Stephen Hopgood and Jack Snyder of Human Rights Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2017). With Jack Snyder, she is author of ‘Trials and Errors: Principle and Pragmatism in Strategies of International Justice’ (International Security, 2004)

Her publications have also appeared in numerous edited volumes and in journals such as International Security, the Annual Review of Political Science, International Theory, Ethics and International Affairs, Daedalus, The World Today, the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Law and Contemporary Problems and Survival as well as numerous edited volumes. She has been a recipient of fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Dr Vinjamuri is a Commissioner for the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. She is a member of the Open Society University Network’s Academic Advisory Committee on Research. She is external examiner for the MPhil International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations, a member of the LSE IDEAS Advisory Board, and the LSE US Centre Advisory Board. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Integrated Transitions. Vinjamuri is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2015-2018, Dr. Vinjamuri was a member of the Council (a "trustee") of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. 

Vinjamuri has written for and appeared regularly in the media including for CNN; Bloomberg; BBC News, BBC World; BBC World Service; Sky News; The Financial Times; The New York Times; The Guardian; The Telegraph; The Independent; Los Angeles Times; National Public Radio; Times Radio; Economist Radio; Al Jazeera English; Voice of America; Channel 4 News; Voice of America; Economist Radio; Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ).

Before joining the academic staff at SOAS, Leslie was a member of the academic faculty of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. She has also taught at the London School of Economics and Columbia University and has held Visiting Residential Fellowships at Harvard University and at the London School of Economics. Previously, she worked at USAID and Congressional Research Service. Leslie has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MSc (Distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Columbia University.



  • Human Rights
  • International Intervention
  • US Foreign Policy
  • US and the World
  • International Organisation (especially UN Security Council Diplomacy)


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Vinjamuri, Leslie and Nossel, Suzanne (2022) 'Some Assembly Required: Why the UN’s Broadest Forum Matters More than Ever'. Foreign Affairs.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2022) 'How Brexit and Boris Broke Britain: The Next Prime Minister Will Struggle to Repair the Country’s Standing'. Foreign Affairs online.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2022) 'Biden’s Realism US Restraint and the Future of the Transatlantic Partnership'. LSE Public Policy Review, (2) 3.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2022) 'The Myth of Global Britain'. Foreign Affairs.

Kupchan, Charles A. and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) 'How to Build an Order: An International Agenda for the Twenty-First Century'. Foreign Affairs.

Niblett, Robin and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) 'The Liberal Order Begins at Home: How Democratic Revival Can Reboot the International System'. Foreign Affairs.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'The Distant Promise of a Negotiated Justice'. Daedalus, (146) 1, pp 100-113.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'The International Criminal Court and the Paradox of Authority'. Law and Contemporary Problems, (79) 1, pp 275-288.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2015) 'Law and Politics in Transitional Justice'. Annual Review of Political Science, (18), pp 303-327.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2014) 'Senate Report on Torture Seems Unlikely to Lead to Greater Accountability'. Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Expert Comment.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2013) 'Justice, peace and deterrence in the former Yugoslavia'. European Council on Foreign Relations.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2012) 'Principled pragmatism and the logic of consequences'. International Theory, (4) 3, pp 434-448.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2012) 'Review Symposium of Kathryn Sikkink's The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics'. Journal of Human Rights, (11) 2, pp 283-288.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2011) 'Lost in Translation? Civil Society, Faith-Based Organizations and the Negotiation of International Norms'. International Journal of Transitional Justice (Special Issue on Civil Society), (5) 3, pp 345-365.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2011) 'A Review of International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans'. Journal of Human Rights, (10) 3, pp 427-431.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2010) 'Deterrence, Democracy, and the Pursuit of International Justice During Conflict'. Ethics and International Affairs, (24) 2, pp 191-211.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2004) 'Advocacy and Scholarship in the Study of Transitional Justice and International War Crimes Tribunals'. Annual Review of Political Science, (7) 1, pp 345-362.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2003) 'Order and Justice in Iraq'. Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, (45) 4, pp 135-52.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2003) 'Trials and Errors: Principles and Pragmatism in Strategies of International Justice'. International Security, (28) 3, pp 5-44.

Sieff, Michelle and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2002) 'Prosecuting War Criminals: An Argument for Decentralization'. Conflict, Security and Development, (2) 2, pp 103-113.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Sieff, Michelle (1999) 'Reconciling Order and Justice? New Institutional Solutions in Post-Conflict States'. Journal of International Affairs, Special Edition on International Institutions and Justice, (52) 2, pp 757-782.

Edited Books or Journals

Kupchan, Charles A. and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), (2021) Anchoring the World. New York City: Foreign Affairs.

Vinjamuri, Leslie, (ed.), (2020) US Foreign Policy Priorities: What Difference can an Election Make?. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), (2017) Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapters

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2018) 'The Future of International Security Norms'. In: Wohlforth, William C. and Gheciu, Alexandra, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Introduction: Human Rights Past, Present and Future'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 1-23.

Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Conclusion: Human Rights Futures'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 311-330.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Human Rights Backlash'. In: Hopgood, Stephen and Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie, (eds.), Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, pp 114-134.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2015) 'The International Criminal Court and the Politics of Peace and Justice'. In: Stahn, Carsten, (ed.), The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2014) 'Charting the Path of Justice in Peacebuilding'. In: Llewellyn, Jennifer and Philpott, Daniel, (eds.), Restorative Justice, Reconciliation, and Peacebuilding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hopgood, Stephen and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2012) 'Faith in Markets'. In: Barnett, Michael N. and Stein, Janice, (eds.), Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Snyder, Jack and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2008) 'Preconditions of international normative change: implications for order and violence'. In: Kalyvas, Stathis N. and Shapiro, Ian and Masoud, Tarek, (eds.), Order, conflict, and violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2008) 'Religious Actors in Transitional Justice'. In: Banchoff, Thomas, (ed.), Religious Pluralism, Globalization, and World Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2008) 'Unipolar empire and principled multilateralism as strategies for international change'. In: Bourantonis, Dimitris and Ifantis, Kostas and Tsakonas, Panayotis, (eds.), Multilateralism and Security Institutions in an Era of Globalization. London: Routledge Press.

Book Reviews

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2013) 'Recasting an agenda for peace'. The Immanent Frame, Social Science Research Council.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2012) 'Review of 'Humanity's Law' by Ruti G. Teitel'. International Affairs, (88) 3, pp 628-629.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2000) 'Review of Howard Ball, 'Prosecuting War Crimes and Genocide: The Twentieth Century Experience' (University Press of Kansas, 1999)'. Political Science Quarterly, (115) 2, pp 303-305.


Vinjamuri, Leslie and Lindsay, James (2022) 'Britain After Queen Elizabeth'.

Vinjamuri Wright, Leslie and Kupchan, Charles A (2022) 'War in Ukraine - world reaction - The United States'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) 'Does the World Trust Joe Biden?'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Ferguson, Niall (2021) 'Debate: The China model: why is the West imitating Beijing?'.

Horton, Ben and Vinjamuri, Leslie and Cox, Michael (2020) 'Undercurrents: US Elections Special'.

Aaronovitch, David and Fallows, James and Bernstein, Jared and Hale, Thomas and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) 'The President's In Tray'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'Africa and the International Criminal Court (at 45 minutes)'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2015) 'Will the 21st Century be Asian?'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2015) 'Foundations, The Forum at Space for Thought'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2009) 'Radio Interview with Dr Vinjamuri: Judging the International Criminal Court: Bringing War Criminals to Justice, April 2009'.


Vinjamuri Wright, Leslie and Ash, Timothy Garton and Schake, Kori and Major, Claudia and Ockrent, Christine (2022) 'Can Europe and the US hang together?'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Kupchan, Charles A. (2021) 'American Isolationism vs Internationalism'.

Trubowitz, Peter and Ikenberry, John and Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) 'A World Safe for Democracy'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) 'COVID-19 and the Future of World Order'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'The Risk of Nuclear War: Professor Sagan and Valentino speak with Leslie Vinjamuri'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'Trump's Business Ties and International Relations'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'Global Views of the US Presidential Election Campaign'.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Malloch-Brown, Mark (2022) Core contradictions threaten a multilateral future.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2022) US and Europe find Unity but must move beyond the West.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Slaughter, Anne-Marie and Sawers, John and Kupchan, Charles A. and Nossel, Suzanne and Cooley, Alexander and Scheider-Petsinger, Marianne and Mitter, Rana and Vakil, Sanam (2021) US Spotlight: The year in review and looking ahead.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) A polarized America still showing little sign of unity.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Biden’s Realism will Drive Competition Among US Allies.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Joe Biden’s botched Afghan withdrawal will create a crisis of confidence among US allies.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Afghanistan: The fate of Biden’s Doctrine is Uncertain.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) The US’s strict Covid border policy is alienating Europe.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Biden's Summitry was Reassuring Now Comes the Hard Part.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Biden shows huge ambition but trade-offs are inevitable.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Clarity of Conviction but Harnessing Competition Is Key.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Kundnani, Hans (2021) New U.K.-US Alignment can Reshape Transatlantic Cooperation.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) America is Back, But the World Has Changed.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) The Trial of Trump is Not Enough to Repair Democracy.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2021) Trumpism is condemned to be a fringe movement after the Storming of the Capitol.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) The next US president will have to choose his words carefully to unite a divided nation.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) When Donald Trump spoke, a sense of delusion hovered over the White House.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) Presidential Tactics Pose Grave Threat to America's Democracy.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Niblett, Robin (2020) Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) In Search of the American State.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) America’s Coronavirus Response is Shaped by its Federal Structure.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (0021) Why the Wuhan lab theory inquiry will help Biden heal a divided America.


Vinjamuri, Leslie (2020) 'As US-China confrontation gains ground, Transatlantic partners face difficult choices' Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi, India).

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Trump's Rhetoric is Eroding America's Moral Authority'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Botched Yemen raid shows risks of Trump's approach'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'Can Donald Trump really lead the free world?'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2016) 'US Politics and Trump: a senior politics lecturer discusses' The Guardian [Online 5 September 2016].

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2015) 'To prevent atrocities, count on politics first, law later'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2015) 'Palestine’s Accession to the ICC May Strengthen Peace-first not Rights-based Approach'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2014) 'The North Korean paper trail' Points of Order.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2014) 'Syria and the International Criminal Court' Political Violence @ a Glance.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2014) 'Lessons from Africa's Efforts' New York Times.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Ron, James (2013) 'Time for a new kind of debate on Global Rights'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2013) '"Peace may require forgoing justice", Room for Debate discussion on 'Can we afford to forgive Atrocities'' New York Times.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2013) 'Is the International Criminal Court follow the flag in Mali?'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2012) 'Peace versus Justice and its Alternatives: The ICC and Conflict Zones'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2011) 'Religious Actors and Transitional Justice'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2011) 'ICC Sheriff too quick on the Draw' Duck of Minerva Blog.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2009) 'War and Justice and accountability since 1945 [Database]'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2007) 'Peace Agreements and Accountability: mapping trends from 1980 to 2006'.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Snyder, Jack (2006) 'A midwife for peace'.


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