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

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


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, global governance, democracy and human rights. 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 the Lloyd George Study Group on World Order (Foreign Affairs, the Council on Foreign Relations, 2021), and editor of US Foreign Policy Priorities: What Difference Can an Election Make (Chatham House, 2020). She is editor (with Stephen Hopgood and Jack Snyder) of Human Rights Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2017). 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.

Dr Vinjamuri is a Commissioner for the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations, a book series for Cambridge University Press. She is a member of the LSE IDEAS Advisory Board and the LSE US Centre Advisory Board and is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Integrated Transitions. She 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. 

Leslie is a regular contributor to the international news media, especially Bloomberg, CNN and the BBC and she has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Economist Radio, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and contributed articles to The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent.

Before coming to 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 in the Asia Bureau at USAID and in the Foreign Affairs Division at 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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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.

Vinjamuri, Leslie and Boesenecker, Aaron (2011) 'Lost in Translation? Civil Society and the Negotiation of International Norms'. International Journal of Transitional Justice (Special Issue on Civil Society).

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, J. (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, (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'. Human Rights Futures. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 311-330.

Vinjamuri, Leslie (2017) 'Human Rights Backlash'. 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 P. (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 and Stein, Janice, (eds.), Sacred Aid: Faith and Humanitarianism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Snyder, Jack L. 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.), The New Religious Pluralism. 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 (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'.

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, 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 (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) 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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