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Michael Doyle, UN Advisor, Princeton Professor, to Join Columbia Faculty

Columbia University announces the appointment of Michael Doyle, Princeton's Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs and special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as the Harold Brown Professor of United States Foreign and Security Policy. Doyle will hold faculty positions at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Law School, where he will focus his teaching and research on international ethics, global governance and conflict resolution. His tenure begins September, 2003.

Doyle, former director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton University, is a world-renowned intellectual and political scientist as well as an expert on comparative peacekeeping. On a public service leave from Princeton, he most recently served as U.N. assistant secretary-general in the executive office of Secretary-General Annan, responsible for strategic planning and U.S.-United Nations relations (April 2001-2003). At the U.N., Doyle also focused on private sector outreach through "Global Compact," an initiative to encourage respect for human rights, labor rights and environmental protection abroad. He will continue to consult for the secretary-general while at Columbia.

"Columbia, with its international reach, boasts some of the world's best global thinkers among our faculty and Professor Doyle will be a tremendous addition," said President Lee C. Bollinger. "Throughout his academic career, he has tackled some of the most challenging concerns of the day -- from corporate responsibility to building peace in turbulent regions. Our students will benefit enormously from his insights and invaluable professional experiences."

"SIPA was founded at the same time, and by some of the same people, as the United Nations, and we are delighted to have a scholar and practitioner of Michael Doyle's stature to continue our tradition of distinguished scholarship in international affairs and committed collaboration with international institutions," said Lisa Anderson, dean of SIPA. "With his hands-on experience at the United Nations, scholarly erudition and deep understanding of the pressing issues of our time, Michael is an ideal member of a global research institution like Columbia."

David Leebron, dean of Columbia Law School, said, "Professor Doyle, a towering figure in international relations scholarship, has shown a keen interest in and understanding of the role of law in addressing global security and economic problems. We are thrilled that our faculty and students will have the benefit of his interdisciplinary perspective and practical experience."

Doyle has taught at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served as the chairman of the Editorial Board and the Committee of Editors of World Politics and is on the board of the International Peace Academy. Doyle was a member of the External Research Advisory Committee in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as well as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Lessons-Learned Unit of the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (UN).

Doyle also has published widely on international affairs issues and is the author of: "Empires, Ways of War and Peace," and "UN Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC's Civil Mandate," and co-author of "Alternatives to Monetary Disorder" written with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse. He is editor and co-editor of several works on international security policy and international relations theory including: "Keeping the Peace, Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century," "New Thinking in International Relations Theory, and Escalation" and "Intervention: Multilateral Security and Its Alternatives." Doyle has also published articles, chapters in books and essays including "Kant, Liberal Legacies, and Foreign Affairs: Parts I and II," in "Philosophy and Public Affairs" (1983).

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Doyle was educated in France and Switzerland and received his high school diploma from Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida. He studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy for two years before transferring to Harvard, where he earned his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science. As an undergraduate, Doyle won the Detur Prize and was named John Harvard Scholar. As a graduate student, he held the Atherton Prize Fellowship and the Resident Tutorship in Government in Leverett House. He is a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a current member of the Council on Foreign Relations, New York. Michael Doyle is married with one daughter and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Published: May 27, 2003
Last modified: May 27, 2003

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