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Dr James Strong, BA Modern History (Oxford), MRes Political Science (LSE), PhD International Relations (LSE)


Lecturer in British Politics

Telephone: TBC
Room Number: Arts One, 2.10
Office Hours: Monday 10:30am-11:30am & Wednesday 10:30am-11:30am


Dr James Strong joined the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary in September 2017. He previously spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of International Relations at LSE, where he received his PhD in 2012. He spent the 2012-2013 academic year as Head of the Director’s Office at LSE, working directly for LSE Director and President Craig Calhoun. In an earlier life he worked as a graduate trainee at KPMG LLP, specialising in US and UK personal tax.

Twitter: @dr_james_strong



Research Interests:

Dr Strong studies the domestic politics of 21st Century British foreign policy. His work ranges across public opinion, individual decision-making, political communication and institutional bargaining. He is currently working on two papers utilizing Margaret Hermann’s Leadership Trait Analysis, and a book project on the involvement of the House of Commons in decisions about military action. His first book studied how the Blair government was able to take Britain to war in Iraq despite so many British people considering it illegitimate.



2017 Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq (London: Routledge)


2017 ‘Two level games beyond the United States: International indexing in Britain during the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya’, Global Society, 31:2, pp. 293-313.

2015 ‘Interpreting the Syria vote: Parliament and British foreign policy’, International Affairs, 91:5, pp. 1123-1139.

2015 ‘The rise of the awkward squad: Parliamentary war powers and Jeremy Corbyn’s foreign policy’, British Politics Review, 10:4, pp. 8-9.

2015 ‘Why parliament now decides on war: Tracing the growth of the parliamentary prerogative through Syria, Libya and Iraq’, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 17:4, pp. 604-622.

Book chapters

2016 ‘La politica estera Britannica dopo le elezioni politiche del 2015’ in Baldini, Gianfranco (ed.) La Gran Bretagna Dopo la Brexit (Bologna: Il Mulino). Translated by Nicola Chelotti.

PhD Supervision

Dr Strong is interested in hearing from prospective PhD students looking to research contemporary British politics, British foreign policy and foreign policy analysis.

Public Engagement

Dr Strong is an established media commentator across print, broadcast and digital formats. He has conducted broadcast interviews with Al-Jazeera English News Hour, Al-Jazeera English Inside Story, Al Jazeera Arabic, CNBC European Closing Bell, CNN International, Sky News and LBC Breakfast News. He published comment pieces in Huffington Post, Newsweek, Democratic Audit, The Conversation and on, and he has been interviewed by the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Times, Sunday Times, New York Times, Le Figaro and Xinhua News Agency. He is interested in media inquiries on topics related to his research.

Dr Strong is Deputy Convenor of the British International Studies Association Foreign Policy Working Group.

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