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Professor Inderjeet Parmar

Professor in International Politics

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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About

Background

Professor Inderjeet Parmar read Sociology at the London School of Economics, and Political Sociology at the University of London. His doctorate, from the University of Manchester, was in the fields of political science and international relations. Prior to appointment at City University London (starting September 2012), he taught at the University of Manchester for 21 years, mainly in its Department of Government (now Politics) which, between 2006-09, he served as Head of Politics.

Other professional activities

Professor Inderjeet Parmar is currently serving as President of the British International Studies Association.

2013 - 2014 Professor Parmar is also Visiting Research Scholar at Empires Research Community, PIIRS, Princeton University, USA.

He is co-editor of a book series, Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy.

He is also Principal Investigator and co-ordinator of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama which has several partners including Warwick, LSE, Oxford, Edge Hill, Canterbury Christchurch, Manchester, Leiden, the Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, and key affiliates at among others Sussex, UEA, Goldsmiths, Harvard, Tufts, and Columbia. Strong links are also being built with RUSI, the FCO, the Eccles Centre at the British Library, the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, and the Institute of the Americas at UCL.

Professor Parmar was a member of the Working Group on Think Tanks of the Social Science Research Council, New York, 2007, and co-convenor of the BISA Working Group on US Foreign Policy, 2005-09.

Media work and appearances

Professor Parmar has appeared on Al Jazeera's Inside Story, and on BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, as well as numerous local and national radio stations.

Research

Professor Inderjeet Parmar's research interests focus on the history, politics and sociology of Anglo-American foreign policy elites over the past 100 years, specifically embodied in organisations such as philanthropic foundations, think tanks, policy research institutes, university foreign affairs institutes, and state agencies.
His latest book, Foundations of the American Century: Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rise of American Power was published in 2012 by Columbia University Press.

He is now working on a long-term project on why Britain almost invariably backs the United States in wars, from Korea 1950 to Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

Areas of PhD supervision and interests

- All areas of US foreign and national security policy
- British foreign policy
- Anglo-American relations
- Elites and foreign policy
- Intellectuals and foreign affairs

Publications

Journal Article (28)

  1. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 2016). Racial and imperial thinking in international theory and politics: Truman, Attlee and the Korean War. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 18(2), 351-369. doi: 10.1177/1369148115613657
  2. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 2014). American Power and Philanthropic Warfare: From the War to End All Wars to the Democratic Peace. Global Society, 28(1), 54-69. doi: 10.1080/13600826.2013.848187
  3. Parmar, I. and Rietzler, K. (01 Jan 2014). American Philanthropy and the Hard, Smart and Soft Power of the United States. Global Society, 28(1), 3-7. doi: 10.1080/13600826.2013.850061
  4. Parmar, I. (01 Mar 2013). The 'knowledge politics' of democratic peace theory. International Politics, 50(2), 231-256. doi: 10.1057/ip.2013.4
  5. PARMAR, I. (2012). Foundation Networks and American Hegemony. European Journal of American Studies, 1. doi: 10.4000/ejas.9476
  6. Parmar, I. (01 Mar 2011). American power and identities in the age of Obama. International Politics, 48(2-3), 153-163. doi: 10.1057/ip.2011.10
  7. PARMAR, I. (2010). Obama's Foreign Policy: Cautious But Continuous?. E-Pol.
  8. PARMAR, I. (2010). Plus Ca Change? American Foreign Policy under Obama. Political Insight, 1(1), 14-16.
  9. Parmar, I. (25 Feb 2009). Foreign policy fusion: Liberal interventionists, conservative nationalists and neoconservatives - The new alliance dominating the US foreign policy establishment. International Politics, 46(2-3), 177-209. doi: 10.1057/ip.2008.47
  10. PARMAR, I. (2006). Challenging Elite Anti-Americanism and Sponsoring Americanism in the Cold War: US Foundations, Henry Kissinger's Harvard International Seminar, and the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies. Traverse, 1, 116-129.
  11. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 2005). Catalysing events, think tanks and American foreign policy shifts: A comparative analysis of the impacts of Pearl Harbor 1941 and 11 September 2001. Government and Opposition, 40(1), 1-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1477-7053.2005.00141.x
  12. Parmar, I. (01 Apr 2005). 'I'm proud of the British empire': Why Tony Blair backs George W. Bush. Political Quarterly, 76(2), 218-231. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-923X.2005.00674.x
  13. Parmar, I. (01 Sep 2004). '...Another important group that needs more cultivation': The Council on Foreign Relations and the mobilization of Black Americans for interventionism, 1939-1941. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 27(5), 710-731. doi: 10.1080/0141987042000246318
  14. PARMAR, I. (2002). American Foundations and the Development of International Knowledge Networks. Global Networks, 2(1), 13-30.
  15. PARMAR, I. (2002). Anglo-American Elites in the Inter-War Years: Idealism and Power in the Intellectual Roots of Chatham House and the Council on Foreign Relations. International Relations, 16(1), 53-75.
  16. Parmar, I. (01 Sep 2002). 'To relate knowledge and action': The impact of the rockefeller foundation on foreign policy thinking during America's rise to globalism 1939-1945. Minerva, 40(3), 235-263. doi: 10.1023/A:1019572526066
  17. PARMAR, I. (2001). Resurgent Academic Interest in the Council on Foreign Relations. Politics, 21(1), 31-39.
  18. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 2000). Engineering consent: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Mobilization of American public opinion, 1939-1945. Review of International Studies, 26(1), 35-48.
  19. PARMAR, I. (2000). The role and impact of the Rockefeller Foundation on Foreign Policy Thinking during America's rise to globalism. .
  20. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 1999). "Mobilizing America for an internationalist foreign policy": The role of the council on foreign relations. Studies in American Political Development, 13(2), 337-373.
  21. Parmar, I. (01 Dec 1999). The Carnegie Corporation and the mobilisation of opinion in the United States' rise to globalism, 1939-1945. Minerva, 37(4), 355-378.
  22. PARMAR, I. (1995). The Issue of State Power: A Case Study of the Council on Foreign Relation. Journal of American Studies, 73-95.
  23. PARMAR, I. (1992). Chatham House and the Anglo-American Alliance. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 23-47.
  24. PARMAR, I. (1990). The Foreign Policy of the FBI [Federation of British Industries]: The Anglo-American Alliance, 1938-1945. Business Archives, 42-55.
  25. Parmar, I. and Ledwidge, M. (). ... ‘a foundation-hatched black’: Obama, the US Establishment, and Foreign Policy. International Politics.
  26. Parmar, I. (). The "Big 3" Foundations and American Global Power. American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
  27. Ledwidge, M. and Parmar, I. (). Conceptualising and Historicising the US Foreign Policy Establishment in a Racialised Class Structure. International Politics.
  28. Parmar, I. (). The US asserts itself with Cuba thaw. World Review.

Book (9)

  1. Parmar, I., Miller, L.B. and Ledwidge, M. (01 Jan 2014). Obama and the world new directions in US foreign policy.
  2. Parmar, I., Miller, L.B. and Ledwidge, M. (01 Jan 2014). Introduction: Obama–promise, performance, prospects.
  3. Parmar, I. (Oct 2013). Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-racial America. Routledge.
  4. Parmar, I. (Apr 2012). Foundations of the American Century. Columbia University Press. ISBN: 0231146280.
  5. Parmar, I. (2011). International Politics, American Power and Identities in the Age of Obama. London: Palgrave.
  6. (08 Apr 2010). Soft Power and Us Foreign Policy. Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 0415492033.
  7. (10 Aug 2009). New Directions in United States Foreign Policy. London, UK: Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 0415777496.
  8. Parmar, I. (12 Jun 2004). Think Tanks and Power in Foreign Policy. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 1403921032.
  9. Parmar, I. (1995). Special Interests, the State and the Anglo-American Alliance, 1939-1945. Psychology Press. ISBN: 0714645699.

Chapter (13)

  1. Parmar, I. (01 Jan 2014). Obama, wikileaks, and American power. (Ed.), Obama and the World New Directions in US Foreign Policy (pp. 243-257)
  2. Parmar, I. (Oct 2013). Postscript: The 2012 Elections: President Obama’s Establishment. Parmar, I., Ledwidge, M. and Verney, K. (Ed.), Barack Obama and the Myth of a Post-Racial America Routledge.
  3. PARMAR, I. (15 Jan 2011). American hegemony, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of Academic International Relations in the US. Guilhot, N. (Ed.), The Invention of International Relations Theory (pp. 182-209) New York, USA: Columbia Press. ISBN: 0231152671.
  4. PARMAR, I. (08 Apr 2010). Challenging Elite Anti-Americanism in the Cold War. Parmar, I. and Cox, M. (Ed.), Soft Power and Us Foreign Policy (pp. ) London, UK: Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 0415492033.
  5. PARMAR, I. (2009). Soul Brothers? Blair, Bush and the compact between liberal interventionism and conservative nationalism. Scott, P.M., Baker, C.R. and Graham, E.L. (Ed.), Remoralizing Britain? (pp. 205-222) London, UK: Continuum Intl Pub Group. ISBN: 0826424651.
  6. PARMAR, I. (2008). Combatting Anti-Americanism: American Foundations and Public Diplomacy During the Cold War and the War on Terror. Higgott, R. and Malbašić, I. (Ed.), The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism (pp. ) Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis US. ISBN: 0415463912.
  7. PARMAR, I. (2008). A Neo-Conservative US Foreign Policy Establishment? K. Christie, ed., National Identity and US Foreign Policy in the 21st Century. Kennet, C. (Ed.), United States Foreign Policy & National Identity in the 21st Century (pp. 37-49) London, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 041546613X.
  8. PARMAR, I. (2007). American Government Responses to Anti-Americanism. (Ed.), Anti-Americanism Today (pp. 239-262) Westport: Greenwood Press.
  9. PARMAR, I. (2006). Conceptualising the American State-Private Network during the Cold War. Wilford, H. (Ed.), The US Government, Citizen Groups And the Cold War (pp. ) London, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 0415356083.
  10. PARMAR, I. (2006). Anti-Americanism and the major foundations. O'Connor, B. and Griffiths, M. (Ed.), The Rise Of Anti-Americanism (pp. ) Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN: 0415369061.
  11. PARMAR, I. (19 Jun 2004). Institutes of international affairs. Stone, D., Denham, A. and Garnett, M. (Ed.), Think Tank Traditions: Policy Analysis Across Nations (pp. ) Manchester University Press. ISBN: 0719064791.
  12. PARMAR, I. (2000). The Law and Order Policy of the Labour Government. Coates, D. and Lawler, P. (Ed.), New Labour Into Power (pp. 207-220) Manchester University Press. ISBN: 0719054621.

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  13. PARMAR, I. (1994). Chatham House, the Foreign Policy Process, and the Making of the Anglo-American. Bosco, A. and Navari, C. (Ed.), Chatham House and British Foreign Policy 1919-1945 (pp. ) London, UK: Lothian Foundation Press. ISBN: 1872210023.

Education

Undergraduate

- US Foreign Policy
- Theories of Global Politics
- Foreign Policy Analysis

Postgraduate

- US Foreign Policy