Professor Michael Sheehan
Professor
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602215
Room: Office - 006
Ground Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

Michael previously worked at the University of Aberdeen, where he was Director of the Scottish Centre for International Security, and at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He joined the Department in 2004.

Publications

  1. & Constructing Arctic security: an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding security in the Barents region. Polar Record 53(01), 52-66.
  2. The Security of the Sami People.. In Kamrul Hossein and Anna Petretei (Ed.), Understanding the Many Faces of Human Security. (pp. 139-172). Brill.
  3. Gleichgewicht der Krafte in einem anarchischen Staatensystem. In Michael Jonas, Ulrich Lappenkuper, Bernd Wegner (Ed.), Stabilitat Durch Gleichgewicht?. (pp. 183-201). Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh.
  4. The Changing Character of War’. In J Baylis, S Smith and P Owens (Ed.), The Globalisation of World Politics. (pp. 215-228). Oxford.
  5. The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of IR Theory. In R C H Witt (Ed.), Cosmological Viewpoints.. (pp. 227-231).

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Teaching

  • AM-245 John F. Kennedy and America

    The image of John F Kennedy has acquired an extraordinary influence in the American political system and his charisma gave him a compelling hold on the political imagination of progressives, not only in the United States but around the world. This module analyses the factors which shaped the career of John F. Kennedy as a politician, as well as the impact of the policies he implemented, and examines the legacy his life left on the American political system. Students will be encouraged to examine the career and policies of JFK and consider contending approaches to assessing the influence of Kennedy on the USA and the impact of his image and reputation for subsequent generations of US political leaders.

  • PO-118 War and Peace in the Nuclear Age

    In this module you will examine the history of the international system from the end of the Second World War to the present day. It will provide an examination of the origins of the Cold War, how the two superpowers managed their relationship during the Cold War and an analysis of some of the key features of the post-Cold War world. We begin by assessing the rise of the USA and USSR and the emergence of deterrence. The failure of the US policy of containment in Vietnam and the emergence of tripolarity and detente in the 1970s then follows. By the beginning of the 1980s the superpowers relations had worsened and it was the time of the Second Cold War. Yet within ten years the Cold War that had dominated international relations since 1945 would be over. Why did it end, and who won will be questions for you to answer. The module will then examine the challenges facing the international system in the aftermath of the Cold War. Challenges ranging from failed states and military intervention to the rise of China and the re-emergence of Russia, and we conclude by asking, in the post 9/11 era, are we facing a clash of civilisations?

  • PO-392 Contemporary Security

    This module will introduce students to developments within Security Studies. Security studies as a sub-discipline of International Relations, provides an understanding of those factors which often lead to conflict or peace. Traditionally it has focused on state preservation, defined as freedom from threats or the fear of threats for states, in other words it has been about state survival. Over time epistemological as well as ontological debates have surfaced within this sub-discipline such as, what is the meaning of security and who or what is being secured? Throughout this module we will explore major contemporary debates and developments in this field. Case study examples will be offered to provide students with an oppertunity to asses the utility of these approaches in 'real world' empirical contexts.

  • PO-M35 Approaches to International Relations

    The module explores a variety of approaches to the study of internation relations. It focuses on key issues which have become central to the sunject, notably the changing states system and the emergence of major non state actors, economic globalisation and security studies. It also examines key theoretical approaches, notably realism, liberalism and Marxism; Neo-realism and neo-Liberalism; and reflectivist critiques of rationalism, including constructivism, critical theory, post-structuralism and feminism.

  • PO-M40 International Security in the Asia Pacific

    At the beginning of a new century the Asia-Pacific is beset with uncertainties. They range from `old¿ problems left remaining from the Cold War, such as the division of Korea and China, to `new¿ problems that have arisen in the post-Cold War era. In either case, these problems give rise to the perception that the Asia-Pacific has many `hotspots¿ that make conflict in the 21st Century a distinct probability. This module will focus on the security matters, broadly defined, of the region. In particular we will examine the internal threats to security that plague the ¿weak¿ states of the region as well as the inter-state rivalries that exist over Korea and Taiwan. The region is not bereft of ways of lessening tensions and thus appreciating the norms of behaviour that underpin the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the region¿s multilateral security forum (the ASEAN Regional Forum - ARF) are also necessary in our quest to assess the likelihood of conflict. With this knowledge at your finger tips you will become well-versed in one of the most dynamic regions in today¿s political world.

  • PO-M53 War and Space

    This is an MA optional course. The course examines the history, development and contemporary manifestation of the military exploitation of space. It investigates the military space policies and programmes of a number of key states and intergovernmental organizations, specifically the USA, Russian Federation, China, and India, as well as the European Space Agency. The course analyses in detail the military uses to which space technology is put, national military space doctrines and their relationship with the `revolution in military affairs¿, the utility of arms control as a constraint on space weaponisation and the relationship between space technology and terrestrial strategy and warfare.

Supervision

  • Cultural and social dimensions of the 'conspiracism' phenomenon in America during the 1960s-The JFK Myth. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • 'No plan survives first contact with the enemy': British airborne deployments in World War Two with particular reference to Operation Tonga and Operation Market Garden. (current)

    Student name:
    MA
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
    Other supervisor: Dr Gerard Oram
  • Either With Us or Against Us: British Preceptions of the Irish during World War Two (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Gerard Oram
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • UAE Tribalism and Security Challenges to National Security (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Bideleux
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • Militarism in Post-Soviet Russia: War, culture and identity, 1990-2000. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eugene Miakinkov
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • 'The politics of space cooperation as part of President Clinton''''s Russia policy: the Shuttle-Mir programme' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan
  • 'An effectiveness Analysis of National Counter-Terrorist Financing Systems' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Trenta
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Sheehan