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Portrait of Professor James Mayall

Professor James Mayall F.B.A.

CSP Academic Director (2002-2006)
Former Director, Centre of International Studies,
University of Cambridge

James Mayall was Former Academic Director of CSP and former Director of the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge.

In June 1997, he was appointed as the first Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the University of Cambridge. He became Director of the Centre of International Studies in January 1999, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001.

After a period as a National Service Officer in West Africa and six years in the British Civil Service, including a period in the British High Commission in New Delhi, James Mayall taught International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science between 1966 and 1998. From 1991-94 he was Convenor of the Department of International Relations.

James Mayall has written and published widely on the international relations of African states, North-South relations, international theory and the impact of nationalism on international relations. His Nationalism and International Society book won the Political Studies Association's prize for the best monograph of the year. Over the past decade his research and writing has concentrated on the resurgence of ethnic, national, and religious conflicts since the end of the Cold War and the international reaction to them.

His recent publications include:

  • World Politics: Progress and its Limits (Polity Press 2000)
  • The New Interventionism 1991-1994: United Nations Experience in Cambodia, former Yugoslavia and Somalia (Cambridge University Press 1996)
  • Nationalism and International Society (Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Planned Publications include a sequel to his book World Politics, tentatively entitled Progress and Tragedy in International Relations: Making sense of September 11 2001, and a longer term project dealing with the impact of the end of empire on international order.

Until 1998 Prof. Mayall was Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Centre for International Studies and of the Editorial Board of the series of LSE Monographs in International Studies, published by Cambridge University Press. James Mayall is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre of International Studies.