SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Dr J. Simon Rofe

BA, MA Distinction (Keele), PhD (Wales), Diploma Distinction (King's College London)
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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies

Dr J. Simon Rofe
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Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters programme (Distance Learning).  Prior to joining SOAS he was Senior Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning Director in the Department of Politics and International Relations, and Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester.  He has previously held positions in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London at UK Defence Academy; in the American Studies Department at Canterbury Christ Church University; the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Simon is the co-editor of Bloomsbury's Key Studies in Diplomacy book series, and a member of the Editorial Board of Diplomatic History.

Simon is the Centre's Research Tutor, and he welcomes enquiries pertaining to the Global Studies PhD programme.

Simon is also a Co-Chair BLT BISA's Learning and Teaching Working Group and a Vice-Chair Transatlantic Studies Association.


Programmes Convened
Modules Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Ewan Lawson, The United Nations War Crimes Commission and Crimes of Sexual Violence
  • Jonas Mikkelsen, The Role of the Executive Head in Intergovernmental Organizations
  • Neale Vickery, Britain and the United Nations, 1945-1951
  • Omar Salha, Islamic Diplomacy and Ethics: Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Sport
  • Teia Rogers, Diagnosing Ideological Influence: Unpuzzling Social Strain in the Modern Diaspora


His research interests lie in the broad field of International History and focus on US Foreign Relations with the rest of the world beyond the confines of national boundaries. He is particularly interested in efforts by US Presidents at peacemaking and post-war planning ona global stage in the modern era, and the diplomacy of international sport.


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Authored Books

Holmes, Alison R. and Rofe, J. Simon (2016) Global Diplomacy: Theories, Types and Models. Colorado: Westview.

Rofe, J. Simon and Holmes, Alison R. (2012) The Embassy in Grosvenor Square – American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom 1938-2008. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Williams, Andrew J. and Hadfield, Amelia and Rofe, J. Simon (2012) International History and International Relations. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Rofe, J. Simon (2007) Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy and the Welles mission. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Rofe, J Simon and Tomlinson, Alan (2019) 'The Untold Story of FIFA’s Diplomacy and the 1966 World Cup: North Korea, Africa and Sir Stanley Rous'. The International History Review. [Forthcoming]

Rofe, Simon (2019) 'The UN and the Postwar Global Order: Dumbarton Oaks in Historical Perspective after 75 Years'. Journal of Contemporary History, (54) 2, pp 256-264.

Lee, Yenn and Rofe, J. Simon (2016) 'Paragogy and flipped assessment: Experience of designing and running a MOOC on research methods'. Open Learning: the Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning.

Rofe, J. Simon (2016) 'Prologue: Diplomacy and Sport'. Diplomacy and Statecraft, (27) 2, pp 207-211.

Rofe, J. Simon (2016) 'Sport and Diplomacy: A Global Diplomacy Framework'. Diplomacy and Statecraft, (27) 2, pp 212-230.

Rofe, J. Simon and Tomlinson, Alan (2016) '"Strenuous Competition on the field of play, Diplomacy off it" – The 1908 London Olympics, Theodore Roosevelt, Arthur Balfour, and Transatlantic Relations'. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, (15) 1, pp 60-79.

Rofe, J. Simon (2014) 'It is a squad game: Manchester United as a diplomatic non-state actor in international affairs'. Sport in Society, (17) 9, pp 1136-1154.

Rofe, J. Simon and Pigman, Geoffrey Allen (2014) 'Sport and Diplomacy: an introduction'. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, (17) 9, pp 1095-1097.

Rofe, J. Simon (2012) 'Pre-war Post-war Planning: The Phoney War, the Roosevelt Administration, and the Case of the Advisory Committee on Problems of Foreign Relations'. Diplomacy and Statecraft, (23) 2, pp 254-279.

Rofe, J. Simon (2011) 'Isolationism and internationalism in transatlantic affairs'. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, (9) 1, pp 1-6.

Rofe, J. Simon and Thompson, John (2011) ''Internationalists in Isolationist times' - Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and a Rooseveltian Maxim'. Journal of Transatlantic Studies, (9) 1, pp 46-62.

Rofe, J. Simon (2011) 'The ‘IR Model’: A Schema for Pedagogic Design and Development in International Relations Distance Learning Programmes'. European Political Science, (10) 1, pp 103-117.

Rofe, J. Simon (2008) '“Under the Influence of Mahan”: Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and their Understanding of American National Interest'. Diplomacy and Statecraft, (19) 4, pp 732-745.

Rofe, J. Simon (2007) 'Prescription and Remedy: Lothian’s influence upon Anglo-American relations during the Phony War in The Round Table'. The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, (96) 389, pp 151-171.

Edited Books or Journals

Rofe, J. Simon, (ed.), (2018) Sport and diplomacy: Games within games. Manchester: Manchester University Press. (Key Studies in Diplomacy).

Scott-Smith, Giles and Rofe, J. Simon, (eds.), (2017) Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. (The World of the Roosevelts).

Rofe, J. Simon and Stewart, Andrew, (eds.), (2013) Diplomats at war. The American experience. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters.

Book Chapters

Rofe, J.Simon (2019) 'Politics of Sports'. In: Maguire, Joseph and Falcous, Mark and Liston, Katie, (eds.), The Business and Culture of Sports. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, pp 93-113.

Krasnoff, Lindsay Sarah (2018) 'Barnstorming Frenchmen: the impact of Paris Université Club's U.S. tours and the role of the individual in sports diplomacy'. In: Rofe, J. Simon, (ed.), Sport and diplomacy: Games within games. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp 130-146.

Sherman, Sarah and Rofe, J. Simon (2017) 'Using Forums in Moodle to Provide Peer Feedback'. In: Havemann, Leo and Sherman, Sarah, (eds.), Assessment, Feedback & Technology: Context and Case Studies in Bloomsbury. London: Bloomsbury Learning Enviroment, pp 61-62.

Rofe, J. Simon (2017) 'The Cold War in Western Europe'. In: Masur, Matthew, (ed.), Understanding and Teaching the Cold War. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press.

Rofe, J. Simon (2017) 'FDR's Closest Contender: Thomas E. Dewey and the 1944 election'. In: Johnstone, Andrew and Priest, Andrew, (eds.), US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy: Candidates, Campaigns, and Global Politics from FDR to Bill Clinton. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.

Rofe, J. Simon (2017) '“Prelude to the Future”: The Antecedents of the Bretton Woods Architecture'. In: Scott-Smith, Giles and Rofe, J. Simon, (eds.), Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 35-50.

Scott-Smith, Giles and Rofe, J.Simon (2017) 'Bretton Woods: A Global Perspective'. In: Scott-Smith, Giles and Rofe, J. Simon, (eds.), Global Perspectives on the Bretton Woods Conference and the Post-War World Order. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 1-13.

Rofe, J. Simon (2016) 'Trust between Adversaries and Allies: President George H.W. Bush, Trust and the End of the Cold War'. In: Klimke, Martin and Kreis, Reinhild and Ostermann, Christian, (eds.), Trust, but Verify: Transformation of the Cold War Order. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, pp 63-84.

Rofe, J. Simon (2015) 'Pre-war and Wartime Planning'. In: Plesch, Dan and Weiss, Thomas G., (eds.), Past as Prelude? Wartime History and the Future United Nations. New York: Routledge.

Rofe, J. Simon (2015) 'End and Ends: the Cold War in International History at systemic and sub-systemic levels'. In: Luthi, Lorenz, (ed.), The Regional Cold Wars in Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East: Crucial Periods and Turning Points. Washington D. C.: Woodrow Wilson Centre & Stanford University Press.

Rofe, J. Simon (2015) 'Online and Distance Learning'. In: Ishiyama, John and Miller, William J. and Eszter, Simon, (eds.), Handbook On Teaching And Learning In Political Science And International Relations. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Rofe, J. Simon (2014) 'Presidential Peacemaking: President George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War'. In: Cullinane, Michael and Elliot, Clare, (eds.), Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Rofe, J. Simon (2012) 'Diplomatic Milestones, 1918 to 1945: History and Analysis of the Shift from Isolationism to Internationalism'. In: McMahon, Robert J. and Zeiler, Thomas W., (eds.), Guide to U.S. foreign policy a diplomatic history. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: CQ Press.

Rofe, J. Simon (2012) 'Europe As the Nexus for Roosevelt's International Strategy'. In: Thompson, John and Krabbendam, Hans, (eds.), America's Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the "Discovery" of Europe. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rofe, J. Simon (2011) 'The IR Model and E-moderating'. In: Salmon, Gilly, (ed.), E-moderating: the key to teaching and learning online. 3rd edition.. London: Routledge Falmer.

Rofe, J. Simon (2011) 'Preparedness and Defense: The Origins of Theodore Roosevelt's Strategy for the United States on the International Stage'. In: Ricard, Serge, (ed.), A Companion to Theodore Roosevelt. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, pp 78-93.

Rofe, J. Simon (2011) 'Something that works: the IR Model’s approach to technology'. In: Curtis, Steven and Rofe, Simon, (eds.), Does the Medium Matter? IT-Assisted Learning and Teaching in International Relations and Politics, C-SAP Why Social Science Matters, Issue 5. Birmingham: C-SAP.

Rofe, J. Simon (2010) 'Lord Lothian’s Ambassadorship in Washington August 1939-December 1940'. In: Roberts, Priscilla, (ed.), Lord Lothian and Anglo-American Relations, 1900-1940. Dordrecht: Republic of Letters.

Rofe, J. Simon and Marshall, Alex (2009) 'An Abortive Special Relationship? - US-Russian Relations in the Post Cold War World'. In: Dumbrell, John and Schafer, Axel, (eds.), America's 'special relationships': foreign and domestic aspects of the politics of alliance. London; New York: Routledge.

Rofe, J. Simon (2009) 'Lord Lothian, 1939-40'. In: Hopkins, Michael and Kelly, Saul and Young, John, (eds.), The Washington Embassy: British ambassadors to the United States, 1939-77. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Rofe, J. Simon (2007) 'The United States Security Dilemma – a Nation at War'. In: Radoi, Mireille and Rofe, Simon, (eds.), My USA: views on American national security and foreign policy. Bucharest: Tritonic.

Monographs and Working Papers

Rofe, J.Simon (2019) All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights Interim Report, July 2019. .

Rofe, Simon (2018) Putin Already Won in Hosting Russia 2018: The FIFA World Cup and Sport Diplomacy. London: RUSI Newsbrief Vol. 38 No.7.

Rofe, J. Simon (2018) ‘And the Gold Medal Goes to’: Sport Diplomacy in Action at the Winter Olympics. London: RUSI Newsbrief Vol. 38 No.1.

Rofe, J. Simon (2018) Diplomacy to mobilise momentum for girls’ education. Wilton Park; Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


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