Dr Nicholas Kitchen


Co-Director, Centre for International Intervention; Lecturer in International Relations
PhD International Relations (LSE); MRes International Relations (Keele); BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Oxford)
+44 (0)1483 683589
16 DK 03
By prior appointment.

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Kitchen, Nicholas and Cox, Michael (2019). 'Power, Structural Power, and American Decline', Cambridge Review of International Affairs.  

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Kitchen, Nicholas and Quinn, Adam (2018). 'Understanding American Power: Conceptual clarity, strategic priorities and the decline debate.' Global Policy 

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Publications

Nicholas Kitchen and Michael Cox (2019). Power, Structural Power, and American Decline. Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
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Over the past twenty years, debates surrounding American power have oscillated between celebrations of empire and laments of decline. What explains such wild fluctuations? This article argues that the power shifts debate rests on an underpinning concept of power based around relative capabilities that is theoretically not fit for purpose. We propose instead an approach to power shifts that locates power primarily in structural power. In doing so we show that developments in the character of the international system render structural advantage more significant to questions of international leadership than the balance of national capabilities. These developments also mitigate against systemic changes that might bring relative strength and structural position into greater alignment.
Kitchen, Nicholas; Quinn, Adam (2018). 'Understanding American Power: Conceptual clarity, strategic priorities and the decline debate.' Global Policy
Kitchen, Nicholas; Laifer, Natalie (2017). 'Making Soft Power Work: Theory and Practice in Australia's International Education Policy', Politics & Policy, 45(5), 813-840.
Kitchen, Nicholas (2016). 'Ending ‘Permanent War’: Security and Economy under Obama', Bentley and Holland (eds) The Obama Doctrine, A Legacy of Continuity in US Foreign Policy (Routledge).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2014). 'Hegemonic transition theory and US foreign policy', in Parmar, Ledwidge and Miller (eds) New Directions in US Foreign Policy (Routledge).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2013). 'Structural shifts and strategic change: from the War on Terror to the Pivot to Asia', in Bentley and Holland (eds) The Obama Doctrine, A Legacy of Continuity in US Foreign Policy (Routledge).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2012). 'Ideas of power and the power of ideas: Systematising Neoclassical Realist Theory', in Asle Toje and Barbara Kunz (ed.) Neoclassical Realism in Europe (Manchester University Press).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2012). 'The Contradictions of Hegemony: the United States and the Arab Spring', in After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East? (LSE IDEAS).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2011). 'The Obama Doctrine–Détente or Decline?', European Political Science, 10(1), 27-35.
Kitchen, Nicholas; Cox, Michael (2011). 'Just another liberal war? Western interventionism and the Iraq War', in Acharya and Katsumata, Beyond Iraq: the Future of World Order (World Scientific).
Kitchen, Nicholas (2010). 'Systemic pressures and domestic ideas: a neoclassical realist model of grand strategy formation', Review of International Studies, 36(1), 117-143.
Kitchen, Nicholas; Cox, Michael (2009). 'Illusions of empire and the spectre of decline', Parmar, Ledwidge and Miller, New Directions in US Foreign Policy (Routledge).