Professor Caroline Kennedy-Pipe

  • Head of Politics and International Studies

Caroline works in the area of War Studies and has interests in the history of the Cold War, proxy wars and small wars. She is currently working on Arctic security issues as the poles melt as well as continuing her work on  the legacies of war, conflict  and terrorism on individuals and communities. In this respect her work on IEDs, suicide bombers and drones and their impact on war and society is a core part of her research agenda.

Caroline studies and writes on contemporary war and political violence. She is interested in how the Cold War developed after the Second World War and how the United States and the Soviet Union conducted foreign policy under the shadow of nuclear weapons. She is also studying the legacies of the Cold War on current Russian foreign policy and how the 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grew out of the fractured politics of the 1980s and 1990s. Here, Caroline looks at both traditional and new forms of terrorism. Over the last 10 years she has been working on the impact of IEDs on warfare but is also now researching how the use of armed drones affects counter terror policy and particularly how civilians are affected by drone warfare. On this topic, Caroline published with colleagues ‘Drone Chic’ for the Oxford Research Group in April 2016 questioning how precise drones might actually be in terms of civilians affected during and after a ‘strike’. This piece is available online.

A second part of Caroline's current research looks at the possibility for confrontation in the High North and how global warming will affect both human and hard security in the Arctic. Caroline's latest publication is 'Turkey: A New Polar Power?' written with Duncan Depledge and Ali Bilgic in The RUSI Newsbrief, 9 April, 2020. 

A recent publication is ‘Liberal Feminisms, Militaries and War’ in The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender and the Military. Palgrave, 2017. Pp. 23-39 which examines how female soldiers are incorporated in to and affected by combat. Caroline is currently working on a book project entitled  'Counter-Insurgency and getting the Woman Question Wrong' and a second book on Urban Warfare after Ireland. 

Caroline was visiting Fellow at the Rothermere Institute at the University of Oxford in 2018 and is currently a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Defence.

Caroline teaches modules on Small Wars and 21st Century War and from the autumn of 2019 will be teaching a module on Urban Warfare.

Caroline supervises doctoral students in any area of contemporary war.

Current postgraduate research students

  • Tomas Helgas: "Small States and Peace"
  • Seyma Bicer Hazir: "Remembering Nagorno-Karabakh"
  • Stalin’s Cold War in James Ryan and Susan Grant, Edited, Chapter 7: Revisioning Stalin and Stalinism: Complexities, Contradictions and Controversies. Bloomsbury, 2020.
  • Depledge, Dodds and Kennedy-Pipe, The UK’s Defence Arctic Strategy negotiating the slippery geopolitics of the UK and the Arctic in RUSI Journal, 25 April, 2019.
  • Terrorism Studies: What We Now Know and What We Have Forgotten’  in Government and Opposition.  Pp366-384. April  2018
  • With James I Rogers, Dying for Peace? in International Peacekeeping. Vol.21. No.5. 2014. pp.658-672
  • With Sophia Dingli, The Aden Pivot in Civil Wars.  Spring 2014. Pp 66-84. 
  • ‘Liberal Feminisms and the Military’ in Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson Edited The Palgrave International Handbook of Gender, Palgrave.  2017. pp.23-37.
  • ‘In Conversation with Jean Bethke Elshtain’ in Richard Ned Lebow, Peer Schouten and Hidemi Suganami,  edited  The Return of the Thinkers  Palgrave, 2016 pp. 352-360.
  • Suicide Bombers, Martyrs and IEDs.’in Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, Gordon Chubb and Simon  Mabon, Terrorism and Political Violence, Sage, 2015.  pp 153-167.