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Professor Christopher Hill

Professor Christopher Hill


University Teaching Officer

Sidney Sussex College

Office hours: Mondays 11.30-1.00pm


Professor Christopher Hill, FBA, M.A. DPhil (Oxon) joined the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in October 2004 as the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations from the London School of Economics, where he was the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations from 1991 to 2004.

During his career he has held visiting positions at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, the European University Institute, Florence, the Università di Catania, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the University of California at San Diego, the Università di Siena and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general international relations, his most recent books being The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford University Press, 2013) and National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanization (Edited with Reuben Wong, 2011).  A second edition of his widely-used book The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy (Palgrave 2003) will appear in 2015. Professor Hill was successively Vice-Chair and then Chair of the British International Studies Association between 1996- 2000, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been an elected Council Member at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and a member of many editorial advisory boards including those of the Journal of Common Market Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, International Affairs and Critique internationale. He was the Coordinator of FORNET, a foreign policy research network involving 25 European partners, under the auspices of the European Commission's Framework Programme V, and was Team Leader for the foreign policy section of EU-CONSENT, a similar network funded by Framework Programme VI. He led the Cambridge team in MERCURY, a Framework Programme VII research network on multilateralism.

Christopher Hill is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge where he has served two terms as a Member of the Council. He also sat on the Council of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He was a member of the UK’s RAE2008 national panel for Politics and International Relations, and has served on a number of review panels for departments in other universities

Research Interests

Foreign Policy Analysis and the international politics of Europe (including both the EU’s external relations and the foreign policies of the Member States), as well as general International Relations, theories and practice. He continues to work on the subject of his recent book, that is the relationship between social diversity and international relations, and is extending this into the international politics of migration. While on leave in Paris in 2015 he will also be starting on a new book comparing British and French foreign policies since the end of the Cold War, provisionally entitled ‘Rivals in Decline’.  


Christopher Hill teaches in the areas of Foreign Policy Analysis and the International Politics of Europe, with special reference to the EU and to the national foreign policies of Britain, France and Italy. From 2010-14 he gave the first undergraduate course ever taught at Cambridge on International Relations. He has regularly convened various kinds of research and research methods seminars for doctoral students.

Key Publications

  • (With Sarah Beadle), Britain's Greatest Assets: Soft Power and the UK's Roles in the World (London, British Academy, 2014).
  • The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • Edited (with Reuben Wong), National and European Foreign Policies: towards Europeanization  (London: Routledge, 2011).
  • Edited (with Michael Smith), International Relations and the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press, second edition, 2011).
  • The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy  (London: Palgrave, 2003).
  • Edited, with extensive commentary (with Karen Smith), European Foreign Policy: Key Documents (London: Routledge, 2000).
  • Translated and edited English version of Marching to Captivity: the War Diaries of a French Peasant 1939-1945 - Gustave Folcher (London: Brasseys, 1996). First published in French, edited by Rémy Cazals, Maspero: Paris, 1981.
  • Edited The Actors in Europe’s Foreign Policy (London: Routledge, 1996); including as author ‘The United Kingdom: Sharpening Contradictions’ and (with William Wallace) ‘Introduction: Actors and Actions’.
  • Edited (with Pamela Beshoff), Two Worlds of International Relations: Academics, Practitioners and the Trade in Ideas (London: Routledge, 1994); including as author ‘Academic International Relations: the Siren Song of Policy Relevance’, and (with Pamela Beshoff), ‘The Two Worlds: Natural Partnership or Necessary Distance?’
  • Cabinet Decisions on Foreign Policy: the British Experience October 1938 - June 1941 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, for the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1991). Reissued in paperback, 2002.

Other Publications


Blog Posts

  • Charlie Hebdo and the end of the French exception -

Main articles and chapters

  • ‘The Capability-Expectations Gap, or Conceptualising Europe’s International Role’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 31,3, September 1993, (reprinted in Simon Bulmer and Andrew Scott (eds.), Economic and Political Integration in Europe: Internal Dynamics and Global Context, Oxford, Blackwell, 1994).
  • ‘World Opinion and the Empire of Circumstance’, International Affairs, January 1996, Vol.72, no.1. (The Vincent Memorial Lecture for 1995).

  • ‘Changing the world: the problem of action in international politics’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 24, No.1, March 2011.
  • ‘”Where are we going?” International Relations and the Voice from Below’, Review of International Studies, 25,1, January 1999.

  • 'The EU’s Capacity for Conflict Prevention', European Foreign Affairs Review, 6,3, Autumn 2001.

  • 'The Geopolitical Implications of Enlargement', in Jan Zielonka (ed.), Europe Unbound: Enlarging and Reshaping the Boundaries of the European Union, Routledge, 2002.

  • ‘What is to be Done? Foreign Policy as a Site for Political Action’, International Affairs 79, 2, March 2003

  • ‘Renationalising or Regrouping? EU Foreign Policy since 11 September 2001’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 42, 1, March 2004.

  • ‘Putting the World to Rights: the Foreign Policy Mission of Tony Blair’, in Anthony Seldon (ed.), The Blair Effect, 2001-5 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

  • ‘Bringing War Home: Making Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies’, International Relations, 21,3, September 2007.

  • ‘The Big Three and the High Representative: dilemmas of leadership inside and outside the EU’, in Spyros Blavoukos and Dimitris Bourantonis (eds.), The EU Presence in International Organisation (London: Routledge, 2010), pp78-95.

  •  The Future of Foreign Policy Analysis’, in Robert A. Denemark (ed)., The International Studies Encyclopedia, Vol. IV (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

  • ‘The European Union and Soft Power’, in Michael Cox and Inderjeet Parmar (eds.), Soft Power and Hegemony in US Foreign Affairs: Theoretical, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, 2010), pp 182-198.

  •  ‘Changing the world: the problem of action in international politics’, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, March 2011, Vol. 24, No.1, pp81-98.

  • 'The domestic and the foreign: mutual entanglement through social diversity', In World Financial Review.