Michael W. Doyle

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Michael Doyle "came to Columbia with a joint-appointment to the Law School and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). As the Harold Brown Professor of United States Foreign and Security Policy, Prof. Doyle brought a strong reputation as a writer and thinker on the philosophical underpinnings of liberalism and other philosophies of international governance.

"An interest in international affairs came naturally to Prof. Doyle, whose parents met in the counter intelligence corps during World War II and whose father served in embassies in Europe. Born in Hawaii, Prof. Doyle grew up in France and Switzerland. Before coming to Columbia, he was a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, though for two years he was on leave to work as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's special advisor.

"Although he was trained as a political scientist, Prof. Doyle comes with scholarly experience in the legal field. A former teaching assistant of the late Leo Gross - an eminent professor of international law at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy - Prof. Doyle says that understanding international law and policy is more important than it has been in several generations, if not ever...

"As a special advisor to Mr. Annan, Prof. Doyle had responsibility in four areas: strategic planning; the Global Compact (the UN's outreach effort to the global corporate sector); relations with the U.S. government; and relations with the global academic community. He also handled special projects, most importantly the negotiation of the Millennium Development Goals and the formulation of UN policy on issues of international migration." [1]

"Professor Doyle previously has taught at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom), Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University. His publications include Ways of War and Peace (W.W. Norton); Empires (Cornell University Press); UN Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC's Civil Mandate (Lynne Rienner Publishers); Keeping the Peace (Cambridge University Press) which he edited with Ian Johnstone and Robert Orr; Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century (Rowman and Littlefield) edited with Olara Otunnu; New Thinking in International Relations Theory (Westview) edited with John Ikenberry; Escalation and Intervention: Multilateral Security and Its Alternatives (Westview Press/United Nations Association) edited with Arthur Day; and Alternatives to Monetary Disorder (Council on Foreign Relations/McGraw Hill) which he wrote with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse...

"He is currently chairman of the Academic Council of the United Nations Community. He was the Director of the Center of International Studies of Princeton University and chairman of the Editorial Board and the Committee of Editors of World Politics. He was the vice-president and senior fellow of the International Peace Academy and is now a member of its board of directors. He has also served as a member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the UNHCR, the Advisory Committee of the Lessons-Learned Unit of the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (UN), and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences." [2]

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  1. Michael Doyle, Columbia Law School, accessed September 12, 2007.
  2. Michael Doyle, Nobel Prize, accessed September 26, 2007.
  3. Goverance, United Nations Democracy Fund, accessed September 12, 2007.
  4. Editorial Board, International Peacekeeping, accessed April 6, 2010.