Michael J. Boyle


Senior Fellow - Program on National Security

Research Areas:

Warfare, Drones

Dr. Michael J. Boyle is an Associate Professor of Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia and a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.   He was formerly a Lecturer in International Relations and Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  His research mainly focuses on political violence, terrorism, insurgencies, drone warfare and American foreign policy.  He has been a consultant for the U.S. and UK governments and was a counterterrorism advisor to the Obama campaign in 2007-2008.  He holds an M.Phil and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Cambridge University, an MPP from Harvard University and a BA in political science from La Salle University.  He has held fellowships at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.  He was also a Fulbright fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra.  His most recent book is Violence after War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2014). 



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