Louise Fawcett

BA, MPhil, DPhil

Professor of International Relations, DPIR
Fellow, St Catherine's College
A Director of the Oxford Martin School ‘Changing Global Orders’ programme
Senior Researcher
MPhil Course Director
International Relations Network
St Catherine's College
Office address
St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ.

Louise Fawcett is Professor of International Relations and Fellow of St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. She works on comparative regionalism and the international relations of developing countries, particularly the Middle East.

Publications include Iran and the Cold War (2009); Regionalism in World Politics (with Andrew Hurrell, 1995); The Third World Beyond the Cold War (2000, with Yezid Sayigh); Regionalism and Governance in the Americas (2005, with Monica Serrano); Interregionalism and the European Union (2015, with Mario Telò and Frederik Ponjaert); International Relations of the Middle East, (6th edn 2023).

Professor Fawcett is on the editorial board of International Affairs, the International Advisory Board of the UN University Centre for Regional Integration Studies, and the Academic Advisory Board of the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA). She is a director of the Oxford Martin Programme ‘Changing Global Order’.

In 2020 she was elected to the Belgian Royal Academy (Académie Royale de Belgique) as Associate Member.

Professional Activities

Editorial Board, International Affairs

International Advisory Board: UN University Centre for Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

International Advisory Board, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Member of Council, Wycombe Abbey School

Member of Governing Body and Chair of Education Committee, St Edward's School

Professional Responsibilities

Fellow, St Catherine's College


I contribute to the teaching of the MPhil and DPhil programmes in International Relations and have supervised many student theses on a variety of International Relations, International History and Middle East-based subjects. I occasionally contributed to undergraduate teaching and lectures in International Relations.

Louise Fawcett


Books/edited books

L Fawcett, Iran and the Cold War. Cambridge University Press 1992, paperback 2009

L Fawcett (ed) The International Relations of the Middle East. Oxford University Press, 5th edition 2019; 6th edition 2023  

M Telò, L Fawcett and F Ponjaert (eds) Interregionalism and the European Union. Ashgate 2015

L Fawcett and M Serrano (eds) Regionalism and Governance in the Americas. Palgrave 2005

L Fawcett and Y Sayigh (eds) The Third World Beyond the Cold War. Oxford University Press 2000

L Fawcett and A Hurrell (eds) Regionalism in World Politics. Oxford University Press 1995

Articles and book chapters

Iraq War 20 years on: towards a new regional architecture | International Affairs | Oxford Academic ( (2023)

(With Sharinee L Jagtiani), ‘Regional powers, global aspirations.  Lessons from India and Iran’, International Politics(forthcoming 2022).

(With Andrew Payne), ‘Stuck on a hostile path: US policy towards Iran since the Revolution, Contemporary Politics (2022)     

The Middle East and COVID-19: Time for Collective Action’ Globalization and Health 17/133 (2021)

‘Regionalism’, in Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Bertrand Badie and Leonardo Morlino eds, The Sage Handbook of Political Science (Sage 2020)

‘Regionalism in the Middle East and North Africa’, in R Hinnebusch and J Gani (eds) Routledge Handbook to the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge 2020)

‘Regionalism and Alliances in the Middle East’ in Louise Fawcett ed. International Relations of the Middle East (5th edition Oxford University Press 2019)

‘The Evolution of Competitive Latin American Regionalism’, in Meyer, de Sales Marques and Telò eds.  Regionalism and Multilateralism, (Routledge 2019)

‘The Middle East in International Affairs’, (virtual issue) International Affairs (July 2018) 

‘The Middle East and the European Union: region, power and order in a contested neighbourhood’, Contemporary Politics 24/1, (2018)

‘Regional organizations’ in Security Studies, Paul Williams ed, (3rd edition, Palgrave, 2018)

‘Nuevos actores regionales, y el cambiante equilibrio de poder en oriente medio’, Awraq 15/1, (2017) 

‘States and Sovereignty in the Middle East’International Affairs 93/4 (2017)

‘From the Great War to WW2’, in Richard Devetak, Jim George and Sarah Percy eds. Introduction to International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

‘Regions and Regionalism’, in Mark Beeson and Nick Bisley eds.  Issues in 21st Century International Politics (Palgrave, 2017)

‘Region-building debates in a global context’ in Daniel Devine and Dawn Nagar eds., Region-Building in Africa (Palgrave 2016)

‘Regionalism: from concept to contemporary practice’, in Select Proceedings of the European Society of International Law Vol 4.  (Hart Publishing 2016) 

‘Iran and the Regionalization of Insecurity’, International Politics 52/2, (2015)

‘Regionalism by Emulation.  Considerations across time and space’ in Mariò Telo, Louise Fawcett and Fredrick Ponjaert eds, Interregionalism and the European Union, (Ashgate 2015) 

‘Drivers of regional integration.  Historical and comparative perspectives,’ in Louis Brennan and Philomena Murray, Drivers of Regional Integration in Europe and Asia (Taylor and Francis 2015)

'The League of Arab States', in J Sperling ed. Handbook of Governance and Security (2014).

'The Iranian crisis of 1946.  How much more do we know?', Iranian Studies, 47/3 (2014).

‘The Iraq War ten years on: assessing the fall out’ International Affairs 89/2(2013) pp. 325-344.

‘Neither West nor Non-West. Latin American Contributions to International Thought’, International History Review, 34/4 (2012), pp. 679-704.

‘Regional Leadership? Understanding power and transformation in the Middle East’ in N Godehart and D Nabers eds, Regional Powers and Regional Orders (Ashgate, 2011)

‘The Middle East after Empire. Sovereignty and Institutions’ in Sally Cummings and Ray Hinnebusch eds, Sovereignty After Empire, Comparing the Middle East and Central Asia. (Columbia/Edinburgh University Press, 2011) 157-177.

‘Regional Order in the Middle East’, in Amitav Acharya and Hiro Katsumata, Beyond Iraq. The Future of World Order (Singapore, World Scientific, 2011)

With Helene Gandois, ‘Regionalism in Africa and the Middle East’, Journal of European Integration 32/6 (2010), pp. 617-636.

'The regional dimension of global security’. In Global Security eds P Bilgin and P Williams. UNESCO/ELOSS (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 61-85.

‘Alliances’, Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010).

'Regionalism in World Politics: Past and Present’, Ariane Kostler and Martin Zimmek eds, Elements of Regional Integration, (Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2008)

‘Neither Traditional nor Modern. Constitutionalism in the Ottoman Empire and its Successor States’, Journal of Modern European History 6/1 (2008), 116-135.

‘Regionalism and Global Governance: An Appraisal’ in Ali Kazancigil and Pierre Senarclens(eds.) Regulating Globalization: Critical Approaches to Global Governance, (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2007).

‘Regionalism from an Historical Perspective’, in Mary Farrell, Bjorn Hettne and Luk Van Langenhove (eds.), The Global Politics of Regionalism, London, Pluto Press, 2005

‘Exploring Regional Domains. A Comparative History of Regionalism’, International Affairs, 80:3 2004.

Co-investigated research