skip to primary navigationskip to content

Dr John Bew

Dr  John Bew

Dr John Bew works with the Forum on Geopolitics to support the Westphalia for the Middle East research project. He is a reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King's College London and Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. Dr Bew is also contributing writer at the New Statesman and a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, American Interest, National Interest, New Republic and Irish Times. From 2007-10, he was Lecturer in Modern British History, Harris Fellow and Director of Studies at Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Key Publications


Citizen Clem: A Life of Attlee (Quercus and Oxford University Press: London and New York, forthcoming 2015)

Realpolitik: A History (Oxford University Press: London and New York, 2015)

Castlereagh: Enlightenment War and Tyranny, 722pp. (Quercus: London; and Oxford University Press: London and New York, 2012)

The Glory of being Britons: Civic Unionism in Nineteenth-Century Belfast, 268pp. (Irish Academic Press-Royal Irish Academy: Dublin and Portland Oregon, 2009)

Co-authored book [with Martyn Frampton and Inigo Gurruchaga] Talking to Terrorists: Making Peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country, 327pp. (Columbia University Press: New York 2009)

Policy report

Talking to the Taliban: Hope Over History (International Center for the Study of Radicalisation, 2013)

Peer-reviewed journal articles

[with Martyn Frampton], ‘“Don't mention the war!” Debating Notion of a “Stalemate” in Northern Ireland’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Volume 40, Number 2, 1 June 2012, pp. 287-301.

[with Martyn Frampton], ‘Debating the “Stalemate”: A Response to Dr Dixon’, The Political Quarterly, Vol. 83, No. 2, April–June 2012

[with Martyn Frampton], ‘Talking to Terrorists: The Myths, Misconceptions and Misapplication of the Northern Ireland peace process’, Jerusalem Viewpoints, no. 566 (August-September 2008)

‘Ulster unionism and a sense of history’, History and Policy, Winter 2003-4


Edited books Belfast Politics: Thoughts on the British Constitution (University College Dublin Press: Dublin, 2005 edn.), ISBN-13: 978-1904558217

[with Martyn Frampton and Gabriel Glickman], The British Moment: The Case for Democratic Geopolitics in the Twenty-first Century (Social Affairs Unit: London, 2006), ISBN-13: 978-1904863151

Policy report

Talking to the Taliban: Hope Over History (International Center for the Study of Radicalisation, 2013)

Chapters in edited collections

‘The Long Twentieth Century’, in E. Chenoweth, R. English, Andreas Gofas, and Stathis Kalyvas (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Terrorism (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2016), forthcoming.

‘The Northern Ireland Troubles and the IRA, through the eyes of Hollywood and the independents’, in Fabiola F. Salek and Michael Flynn (eds.), Screening Terror: Cinematic Interpretations of Terrorism and State Terror (Columbia University Press, New York, 2016, forthcoming).

‘Ireland Under the Union, 1801-1922’, in R. Bourke and I.R. McBride (eds.), The Princeton Guide to Irish History (Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, forthcoming, 2016)

‘The Challenges of Peace: The High Politics of Post-War Reconstruction in Britain, 1815-1830’, in Karen Hagemann, Allan Forest and Michael Rowe (eds.), The Atlantic World in the Age of Revolutions, c. 1775-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan: Houndsmill, forthcoming 2015).

‘The Northern Ireland model of Counter-Insurgency’, in Celeste Ward Gventer, David Martin Jones and M.L.R. Smith (eds.), The New Counter-insurgency Era in Critical Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, 2014), ISBN 9781137336934

 ‘Collective Amnesia and the Northern Ireland Model of Conflict Resolution’, in M. Cox ed., The International Lessons of the Northern Ireland Peace Process (LSE Ideas: London, 2013)

‘“From an umpire to a competitor”: Castlereagh, Canning and the issue of intervention in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars’, pp. 117-138, in B. Simms and D. Trim (eds.), Humanitarian Intervention: A History to 1980 (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2011), ISBN 978-0-521-19027-5

‘Debating the Union on foreign fields: Ulster Unionism and the importance of Britain’s “place in the world”, c. 1830-1870’, pp. 137-153, in B. Simms and W. Mulligan (eds.), The Primacy of Foreign Policy in British History, 1660-2000: How Strategic Concerns Shaped Modern Britain (Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2011), ISBN 978-0-521-19027-5

‘Introduction’ to D.W. Miller, Queen’s Rebels: Ulster Loyalism in Historical Perspective (University College Dublin Press: Dublin, 2007 edn.), ISBN-13: 978-1904558880, xxii pp.

‘Introduction’, to J. Bew (ed.), Belfast Politics: Thoughts on the British Constitution (University College Dublin Press: Dublin, 2005 edn.), 23pp.