Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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Professor Edward Newman

Professor of International Security

I joined POLIS in 2013, and I am involved in teaching, supervising and research in the area of international security studies. I am also director of the Security, Conflict and Justice pathway of the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Research Partnership.

I previously worked in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham and, before that, I spent over a decade in Japan, mainly working at the United Nations University where I was Director of Studies on Conflict and Security in the Peace and Governance Programme.

I have been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grant Assessment Panel (2014-18).

I am also an External Associate at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick.

I was formerly editor of the journal Civil Wars (2011-2016), where I remain involved as an associate editor. I am a founding executive editor of International Relations of the Asia Pacific, and a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Politics.

Research Interests

I work in international security studies, broadly defined. Within this field, my interests lie in a number of areas: theoretical security studies, including critical approaches and ‘human security’; intrastate armed conflict, civil war, intervention and political violence; international organizations and multilateralism; and peacebuilding and reconstruction in conflict-prone and post-conflict societies.


I teach on the undergraduate International Politics and Security Studies modules, and I convene the MA module 'Civil War and Intrastate Armed Conflict'. 

PhD Supervision

I welcome proposals in the area of post-conflict peacebuilding and reconstruction, intrastate armed conflict, theoretical security debates (in particular, human security), human trafficking, terrorism, humanitarian intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’, and multilateralism.

Key Publications

  • Edward Newman and Gëzim Visoka, ‘The European Union’s Practice of State Recognition: Between Norms and Interests’, Review of International Studies, 2018.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Hungry, or Hungry for Change? Food riots and political conflict, 2005–2015’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2018: DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1454042.
  • Edward Newman, ‘The EU Global Strategy in a Transitional International Order’, Global Society, 2018, DOI: 10.1080/13600826.2018.1450732.
  • Edward Newman, ‘The Limits of Liberal Humanitarianism in Europe: The ‘Responsibility to Protect’ and Forced Migration’, European Review of International Studies, 2018.
  • Edward Newman and Gezim Visoka, ‘The Foreign Policy of State Recognition: Kosovo’s Diplomatic Strategy to Join International Society’, Foreign Policy Analysis, 2016.
  • Edward  Newman, ‘Human Security: Reconciling Critical Aspirations with Political ‘Realities’’, British Journal of Criminology, 2016.
  • Edward Newman, ‘What prospects for common humanity in a divided world? The scope for RtoP in a transitional international order’, International Politics, vol.53, no.1, 2016.
  • Edward Newman, Understanding Civil Wars: Continuity and Change in Intra-State Conflict, Routledge, 2014.
  • Edward Newman and Karl DeRouen eds., Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars, Routledge, 2014.
  • Edward Newman, 'The legitimacy and legality of intervention for humanitarian reasons', written submission to UK Defence Committee Inquiry on 'Intervention: When, Why and How?', published in November 2013.
  • Edward Newman, 'The Challenge of Human Security Policymaking', in New Approaches to Human Security in the Asia-Pacific, edited by William T. Tow, David Walton, and Rikki Kersten, Ashgate, 2013.
  • Edward Newman, ‘R2P: Implications for World Order’, Global Responsibility to Protect, vol.5, no.3, 2013.
  • Edward Newman, ‘The violence of statebuilding in historical perspective: implications for peacebuilding’, Peacebuilding, vol.1, no.1, 2013.
  • Edward Newman, ‘New Forms of Security and the Challenge for Human Security’ in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley eds., Issues in Twenty-first Century World Politics, 2nd Edition, Palgrave, 2013.
  • Edward Newman, ‘A Human Security Peace-building Agenda’, Third World Quarterly, vol.32, no.10, 2011.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Critical Human Security Studies’, Review of International Studies, vol.36, no.1, 2010.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Peacebuilding as Security in ‘Failing’ and Conflict-Prone States’, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, vol.4, no.3, 2010.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Human Security’, in Robert A. Denemark ed., The International Studies Encyclopedia, Blackwell, 2010 (International Studies Association Compendium Project).
  • Edward Newman, ‘Failed states and international order: constructing a post-Westphalian World’, Contemporary Security Policy, vol. 30, no. 3, 2009.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Conflict research and the ‘decline’ of civil war’, Civil Wars, vol.11, 3, 2009.
  • Edward Newman, Roland Paris and Oliver P. Richmond eds., New Perspectives on Liberal Peacebuilding, UNU Press, 2009.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Weak States, State Failure, and Terrorism’, Terrorism and Political Violence, vol.19 no.4, 2007.
  • Edward Newman, A Crisis of Global Institutions? Multilateralism and International Security, Routledge, 2007.
  • Gil Loescher, James Milner, Edward Newman and Gary Troeller eds., Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications, co-editor, UNU Press, 2008.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Exploring the ‘Root Causes’ of Terrorism’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, vol.29, no.8, 2006.
  • Edward Newman, ‘The ‘New Wars’ Debate: A Historical Perspective is Needed’, Security Dialogue, vol. 35, no. 2, June 2004.
  • Takashi Inoguchi and Edward Newman, co-editors, special issue of Journal of East Asian Studies on ‘Towards an East Asian IR Community’, vol.2, no.1, 2002.
  • Edward Newman, ‘Human Security and Constructivism’, International Studies Perspectives, vol.2, no.3, 2001.

Media Contact Areas

  • Humanitarian intervention and the ‘Responsibility to Protect’
  • United Nations
  • Post-conflict challenges

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