SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Michael A. Innes

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Michael Innes
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow

Dr Michael A. Innes
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Michael A. Innes is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Dept. of Politics at SOAS. where he completed his PhD on wartime sanctuary discourses in American foreign policy. Before this he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in history at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he focused on ethnic conflict, nationalism, genocide, war crimes and armed intervention.  He is a graduate of the doctoral methods course at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) on qualitative case study methods and process tracing in the study of civil wars.

His research interests focus broadly on comparative institutions, rebel self-governance, policy-oriented research and forensic political inquiry. He has published articles and essays in both scholarly and popular outlets, including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Civil Wars, Small Wars and Insurgencies, SAIS Review, Cultural Survival Quarterly, Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Jamestown Foundation’s Terrorism Monitor, and the online editions of CNN, Foreign Policy and Wired magazines. 

His first book, Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009, based in part on his doctoral work at SOAS, is forthcoming in 2020 from C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. Further research and publication plans include an investigation of the forensic turn in international security, and a second book, provisionally entitled Harbors in the Storm, which explores competitive systems of governance and control in Cold War era foreign policy crises.   

Prior to academia, he served briefly in the army. He subsequently spent six years as a civilian analyst and advisor at a series of NATO headquarters, first in the Balkans and last at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, in Casteau, Belgium. He maintains an active consulting practice, a portfolio that covers a range of desk and field research activities. A scholar-practitioner and regional generalist, his work has taken him as far afield as Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Kosovo, Lebanon, and most recently, northeastern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area of West Africa.


  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society


Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Political Analysis
Violence, Justice and the Politics of Memory


- Cold War and international history
- International security
- Comparative institutions
- Political communication
- Political violence
- Rebel self-governance
- Case study methods
- Forensic political inquiry


Authored Books

Innes, Michael A. (2021) Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009. London: C. Hurst & Co. Publishers.


Innes, Michael A. (2008) 'Deconstructing Political Orthodoxies on Insurgent and Terrorist Sanctuaries'. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (31) 3, pp 251-267.

Innes, Michael A. (2008) 'Protected Status, Sacred Sites, Black Holes and Human Agents: System, Sanctuary and Terrain Complexity'. Civil Wars, (10) 1, pp 1-5.

Innes, Michael A. (2006) 'Terrorist Sanctuaries and Bosnia-Herzegovina: Challenging Conventional Assumptions'. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (28) 4, pp 295-305.

Innes, Michael A. (2005) 'Denial-of-Resource Operations and NPFL Radio Dominance in the Liberian Civil War'. Civil Wars, (8) 1, pp 288-309.

Innes, Michael A. (2005) 'Reading Guerrilla Radio in Wartime Liberia'. Small Wars & Insurgencies, (16) 2, pp 241-251.

Innes, Michael A. (2003) 'The Policy Hole'. SAIS Review, (23) 1, pp 257-271.

Innes, Michael A. (2002) 'Ordinary Bystanders'. SAIS Review, (22) 2, pp 361-366.

Edited Books or Journals

Innes, Michael A., (ed.), (2011) Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force.. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.

Innes, Michael A., (ed.), (2008) Special Issue of Civil Wars 10:1 (Winter 2008) : The Clandestine Politics of Sanctuary. London: Taylor & Francis. (Civil Wars).

Innes, Michael A., (ed.), (2007) Denial of Sanctuary: Understanding Terrorist Safe Havens. Westport, CT.: Praeger.

Innes, Michael A., (ed.), (2006) Bosnian Security After Dayton: New Perspectives (1st Edition). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. (Contemporary Security Studies).

Conference Items

Innes, Michael (2020) 'War, Memory and the Equivocations of Bernard Fall' In: BISA Conference 2020, 17-19 June 2020, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. [Unpublished]


Innes, Michael A. (2020) 'Forensic Political Inquiry: A Working Bibliography'. [Unpublished]

Innes, Michael A. (2012) 'After the Storm: Cote d’Ivoire in the Wake of the 2010-2011 Conflict' Jane's Intelligence Review.

Innes, Michael (2010) 'Afghanistan’s 'Militia' Problem: Can Local Defense Forces Replace Private Security Firms?' Terrorism Monitor, 8.

Innes, Michael (2010) 'Perceptions of Success and Failure in ISAF Operations in Marjah, Afghanistan' Terrorism Monitor, 8.

Innes, Michael A. (2009) 'The Safe Haven Myth' Foreign Policy.

Innes, Michael A. (2002) 'In the Countries of the Dead' Transitions Online.

Innes, Michael A. (2001) 'Genocide, Ethnocide, or Hyperbole? Australia’s ‘Stolen Generation’ and Canada’s ‘Hidden Holocaust.' Cultural Survival Quarterly, 25.


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