Public event

Challenges in International Security: Cold Peace - Avoiding the New Cold War

A presentation by Michael W. Doyle, University Professor at Columbia University, on navigating the tectonic shifts threatening the global order. This event is part of our speaker series Challenges in International Security hosted by the Centre for International Security. 

In this talk, Professor Michael W. Doyle (Columbia University), whose writings on liberal peace have revolutionized modern statesmanship, will introduce the findings of his forthcoming book Cold Peace: Avoiding the New Cold War.

As tensions among China, Russia, and the US escalate perilously toward a new Cold War, Doyle will discuss the difficult compromises needed to facilitate the international cooperation necessary to avert the global threats of our time. Combining history with analysis and theory, Doyle will explore the impacts of cyberwarfare, foreign election meddling, and the unprecedented schism of modern politics on American foreign policy. His findings demonstrate that there can be no success in addressing climate change without China’s cooperation, nor any hope of averting nuclear catastrophe without Russia’s. In the tradition of Gaddis’ The Cold War and Clark’s The Sleepwalkers, Cold Peace provides a timely and necessary analysis of global power.


Guest speaker

  • Michael W. Doyle is a University Professor of Columbia University in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia Law School and the Department of Political Science.  His current research focuses on international law and international relations.  His major publications include Ways of War and Peace (W.W. Norton); Empires (Cornell University Press); Making War and Building Peace (Princeton Press); Striking First: Preemption and Prevention in International Conflict (Princeton Press); and The Question of Intervention: J.S. Mill and the Responsibility to Protect (Yale University Press, 2015).  He served as Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan where his responsibilities included strategic planning (the “Millennium Development Goals”), outreach to the international corporate sector (the “Global Compact’) and relations with Washington. He also served as an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund from 2006 through 2013. 



  • Marina Henke is Professor of International Relations at the Hertie School and Director of the Centre for International Security. She researches and publishes on military interventions, peacekeeping, nuclear security and European security and defense policy. Before joining the Hertie School, she was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at Northwestern University, specialising in international relations, as well as at Princeton University where she was a Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She holds a PhD in Politics and Public Policy from Princeton University, a Double Master of Science in Development Studies and International Political Economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Politics and Latin American Studies from Sciences Po Paris.