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James Strong

Fellow in Foreign Policy Analysis
London School of Economics

I am a foreign policy analyst interested in how public opinion, legislative politics and leadership personality affect foreign policy decision-making. My empirical work focuses on British foreign and security policy in the 'war on terrorism' era.


After a BA in Modern History at Oxford, I spent two years training as an international tax consultant with KPMG in London. I returned to academia at LSE in 2008, undertaking first an MRes in Political Science and then a PhD in International Relations. Between 2012 and 2013 I served as Executive Officer to the Director and President of LSE, Professor Craig Calhoun. In this role I headed up the Directorate support team and served as advisor and secretary to the Director's Management Team. I was appointed as a Fellow in the Department of International Relations in 2013, teaching International Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis on both our BSc and MSc programmes. I have won teaching prizes in each of my three years as a member of the IR Department faculty.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Foreign Policy Analysis, British Foreign Policy, British Politics, International Relations Theory, Higher Education Administration.

Personal Interests

    In younger days I was a competitive rower, representing Oxford University in the Nephthys (lightweight reserve) boat that beat Granta of Cambridge in the 2004 Henley Boat Races.



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British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Why parliament now decides on war

Published: Jun 10, 2015 by British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Authors: James Strong

An analysis of how precedents set in votes on Iraq, Libya and Syria progressively established a new "parliamentary prerogative" that MPs should have the chance to veto major British military combat operations abroad.

International Affairs

Interpreting the Syria vote: Parliament and British foreign policy

Published: Jan 11, 2015 by International Affairs
Authors: James Strong

This article presents three distinct interpretations of how parliamentary war powers affect British foreign policy more generally, based on a detailed analysis of the debate preceding the vote in parliament in August 2013 on whether Britain should intervene in the Syrian civil war.