Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Mr Michael Innes

Visiting Research Fellow

I joined POLIS as an honorary (and non-resident) Visiting Research Fellow in 2006.  My interests and activities are quite broad, symptoms of an eclectic career involving military and diplomatic service, a wide range of scholarly pursuits and private sector activities, and working and living in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo, and Indonesia.

During the 2010-2011 academic year I was a Teaching Fellow in International Security at University College London. From 2003 to 2009 I was a civilian staff officer with NATO, working at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium and on operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

In addition to my longstanding connection to POLIS, I maintain a number of scholarly and institutional affiliations. In 2007 I was named a Research and Practice Associate of the Institute For National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. I am also a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

I maintain an active consulting portfolio, through Thesiger & Company Limited ('Thesigers'), the firm I established in 2010 to provide public and private sector clients with specialized research and advisory services for emerging and frontier markets.

In 2012, I was elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Research Interests

My research touches on several broad themes, and is necessarily multidisciplinary.

The first theme is a general interest in armed conflict and spatial politics. The second theme deals with political communication and information management, particularly as they relate to institutional culture and memory in complex environments.  The third theme deals with mechanisms of coercive statecraft –military intervention, domestic policing, judicial prosecutions and political sanctions, among others – and militant non-state actor responses to them.

Key Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Innes, Michael A. ed. (2012) Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates and the Use of Force. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books.
  • 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. London: Routledge.

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

  • Innes, Michael A. (Spring 2008) 'Deconstructing Political Orthodoxies on Insurgent and Terrorist Sanctuaries.' Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 31, No. 3: 251-267.
  • Innes, Michael A. (2008) 'Protected Status, Sacred Sites, Black Holes, and Human Agents: System, Sanctuary, and Terrain Complexity.' Civil Wars Vol. 10, No. 1: 1-6.
  • Innes, Michael A. 'Denial-of-Resource Operations and NPFL Radio Dominance in the Liberian Civil War.' Civil Wars Vol. 7, No. 3 (Autumn 2005): 94-115.
  • Innes, Michael A. 'Terrorist Sanctuaries and Bosnia-Herzegovina: Challenging Conventional Assumptions.' Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Vol. 28, No. 4 (July-August 2005): 295-305.

Trade Journals

  • Innes, Michael A.  'After the Storm: Côte d’Ivoire in the wake of the 2010-2011 conflict.' Jane's Intelligence Review (February 2012): 31-36.

Review Essays

  • Innes, Michael A. 'Reading Guerrilla Radio In Wartime Liberia.' Small Wars and Insurgencies Vol. 16, No. 2 (2005): 241-251.
  • Innes, Michael A. 'The Policy Hole.' SAIS Review Vol. 23, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 2003): 257-271.
  • Innes, Michael A. 'Ordinary Bystanders.' SAIS Review Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer/Fall 2002): 361-366.

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