Professor Michael Sheehan
Professor Emeritus (Arts & Humanities)
College of Arts and Humanities
Telephone: (01792) 602215

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. Sheehan, M. Outer Space and Indigenous Security: Sweden’s ESRANGE Launch Site and the Human Security of the Sami (Ed.), Human and Societal Security in the Circumpolar Arctic: local and indigenous communities 122 140 Leiden, The Netherlands Brill
  2. Hossain, K., Zojer, G., Greaves, W., Roncero, J., Sheehan, M. Constructing Arctic security: an inter-disciplinary approach to understanding security in the Barents region Polar Record 53 01 52 66
  3. Petrétei, A., Sheehan, M. The Security of the Sami People. (Ed.), Understanding the Many Faces of Human Security 139 172 Brill
  4. Sheehan, M. Gleichgewicht der Krafte in einem anarchischen Staatensystem (Ed.), Stabilitat Durch Gleichgewicht? 183 201 Paderborn Ferdinand Schoningh
  5. Sheehan, M. The Changing Character of War’ (Ed.), The Globalisation of World Politics 215 228 Oxford

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Teaching

  • 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-M40 Southeast Asian Security

    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.

  • WS-200 Contemporary Wars and Conflicts

    This module introduces and critically explores contemporary warfare and conflict, from post WWII up to the present War on Terror. It considers the de-colonization/independence wars; the Cold War proxy conflicts; post-1990 New Wars and the War on Terror.

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
  • 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
  • '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
  • UAE Tribalism and Security Challenges to National Security (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Bideleux
    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