I am a sociologist of global politics, war and genocide, currently Research Professor at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), and Professorial Fellow in International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Roehampton, London. I am Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex.


This site combines my blog, in which I write as a scholar about current issues and intellectual debates, with a guide to my academic books and articles –  including many online chapters and papers. To find what you want, go to the links at the top of all the pages, which provide a guide to the main areas of my academic work, or to blog, which provides a guide to my posts on this site.


The blog side of this site combines short theoretical, analytical, policy-oriented and political comments, informed by a coherent understanding of international politics, war and genocide in the modern world, with my book reviews, updates on my academic publications, lectures and contributions to other websites. You’ll find much of my topical commentary on opendemocracy.net, but it’s all linked here.

I have also uploaded my online commentaries and book reviews from 1999-2008, so that dates of posting are in many cases not those of writing. To avoid confusion, I’ve archived all these pieces in the ‘category’ section by year (1999, 2000 etc.)

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  1. […] Martin Shaw is research professor of international relations at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and the University of Sussex, and professorial fellow in international relations and human rights at the University of Roehampton. Among his books are War and Genocide: Organised Killing in Modern Society (Polity, 2003); The New Western Way of War: Risk-Transfer War and its Crisis in Iraq (Polity, 2005); and What is Genocide? (Polity, 2007). His website is here […]

  2. Dear Mr Shaw
    I am doing some research on the Marxist left in Britain in the 1970s.
    In your 1978 article in Socialist Register, you make reference to preparing a paper titled “The Marxism of International Socialism: a critique.”
    Did you publish that paper? I can’t find a copy via the usual means.
    Also, you make reference to writing a paper with Richard Kuper titled “Political Problems of Revolutionary Socialism Today.” Is a copy of that paper available anywhere?

    1. Dear Simon,
      You can see I don’t look at the comments frequently enough. The first paper was never published. The joint paper was. If you are still interested email me m.shaw at sussex.ac.uk and I will see if I have it.

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