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Professor of International Relations, Keele University

My research expertise has been built across two interrelated strands: the political and social history of post - WW1 settlements, and contemporary political-economy analysis of resource competition in Eurasia. Since 2008, I have been developing my historical analysis of the global financial/economic crisis using a geological metaphor ‘global faultlines’ to sketch out points of fracture linked with factors such as the collapse of major banks, declining industrial capacity and depletion of natural resources.

I joined Keele in 1996 from Wolfson College, Cambridge, where I had been a Research Fellow for the previous three years. Before coming to Keele, I taught at the Birkbeck College-London, University of North London, and at the University of Cambridge. I am the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies (Taylor and Francis), and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Global Faultlines (Pluto Journals).

My books include The Politics of Caspian Oil by Palgrave in 2001; Eastern Europe Since 1970 by Longman in 2005 (second edition in 2006), The New American Imperialism: Bush's War on Terror and Blood for Oil, co-authored with Vassilis K. Fouskas, published by Greenwood Publishing Group in 2005; SOVIET EASTERN POLICY AND TURKEY, 1920-1991 by Routledge in 2006, Politics of Oil – A Survey, by Routledge in 2006 [pb edition in 2018]; Unholy Alliance: Muslims and Communists in Post-Transition States (with Ben Fowkes) by Routledge, 2011; The Fall of the US Empire. , Global Fault-Lines and the Shifting Imperial Order, co-authored with Vassilis K. Fouskas, published by Pluto Press, 2012.


  • –present
    Professor of International Relations, Keele University