Associate Professor


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  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • International Relations
    • US Foreign Policy
    • International Security
  • Department:

    • Political Science
  • Education:

    • PhD, University of Texas at Austin
    • MSc, SOAS University of London
    • MA, University of Edinburgh
  • Curriculum Vitae:


I teach classes on international security, US foreign policy, International Relations theory, and qualitative research methods. I'm available to advise students (both graduate and undergraduate) on these topics and more. Most of my research focuses on US foreign relations in the Indo-Pacific region, especially US-China relations and the politics of overseas military bases.

I'm from Wigan in the northwest of England, and came to Fort Collins via Edinburgh, Vancouver, London, Texas, and Indiana. My favourite band is Oasis. My favourite films are Withnail and I, 24 Hour Party People, and Trainspotting. I don't like Halloween, films about comic book heroes, mowing the lawn, or raking leaves. I love teaching and helping students plan for their futures. I'm lucky to have the best job in the world.

I like to hear from all students - past, current, and prospective. Don't hesitate to email.

Selected publications (past five years):

Peter Harris and Jared Morgan McKinney, “Strategic Clarity or Calamity? Competing Logics of Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait.” International Affairs 100, no. 3 (2024): 1171-1187.

Jared Morgan McKinney and Peter Harris, Deterrence Gap: Avoiding War in the Taiwan Strait (Carlisle, PA: US Army War College Press, 2024).

Peter Harris, “Moving to an Offshore Balancing Strategy for East Asia.” Defense Priorities, 31 October 2023.

Peter Harris, Iren Marinova, and Gabriella Gricius, “War in Ukraine in a Polarised America.” LSE Public Policy Review 3, no. 1 (2023): 12, pp. 1–8.

Peter Harris and Meriel Hahn, “The Japan-US Alliance: Its Future in the Indo-Pacific Era.” In: Srabani Roy Choudhury, ed., Japan and Its Partners in the Indo-Pacific: Engagements and Alignment (New Delhi: Routledge, 2023): 77–94.

Peter Harris, “The Chagos Dispute: Where Right Makes Might.” Third World Quarterly 44, no. 2 (2023): 395-404.

Peter Harris, “The Partial Promise of Rules-Based Order in the Indo-Pacific: A Case Study of the Chagos Archipelago.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs 5, no. 7 (November-December 2022): 32-42.

Peter Harris, “The Indo-Pacific Power: The United States, the Quad, and the Making of a Megaregion.” In: Srabani Roy Choudhury, ed., The Indo-Pacific Theatre Strategic Visions and Frameworks (New Delhi: Routledge, 2022): 35-49.

Peter Harris and Iren Marinova, “American Primacy and US-China Relations: The Cold War Analogy Reversed.” The Chinese Journal of International Politics 15, no. 4 (Winter 2022): 335-351.

Peter Harris, “The Geopolitics of American Exceptionalism.” Asian Perspective 46, no. 4 (Fall 2022): 583-603.

Peter Harris, “Deterring a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan: Upholding the Status Quo.” Defense Priorities, 16 May 2022.

Meriel Hahn and Peter Harris, “The Hobbled Peacemaker: America’s Inability to Satisfy North Korea.” The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs 57, no. 2 (May 2022): 52-67.

Peter Harris and Jared Morgan McKinney, “Goliath No More: Why Taiwan Should Not Rely on American Threats of War.” Parameters 52, no. 1 (Spring 2022): 175-179.

Jared Morgan McKinney and Peter Harris, “The Broken Nest: How China Might Still Be Deterred from Invading Taiwan.” Parameters 51, no. 4 (Winter 2021): 23-36.

Peter Harris, “The Case for Decolonizing the Chagos Islands: A Response to Bashfield.” Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 17, no. 2 (November 2021): 224–229.

Peter Harris and Peter Trubowitz, “The Politics of Power Projection: The Pivot to Asia, Its Failure, and the Future of American Primacy.” The Chinese Journal of International Politics 14, no. 2 ( 2021): 187-217.

Peter Harris, “Encountering the Military-Environmental Complex: Ten Years Since the Creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area.” Critical Military Studies 7, no. 2 (2021): 255-258.

Peter Harris, “China and the United States: The Case for Smart Appeasement.” Australian Journal of International Affairs 75, no. 2 (2021): 129-136.

Peter Harris, “A Footprint of Unfreedom: The Future of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs 3, no. 2 (2020): 78-97.

Peter Harris, “Entrenching Retrenchment: The Uphill Struggle to Shrink America’s World Role.” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 13, no. 2 (2019): 159-171.

Peter Trubowitz and Peter Harris, “The End of the American Century? Slow Erosion of the Domestic Sources of Usable Power.” International Affairs 95, no. 3 (2019): 619-639.

Peter Harris, “Why Trump Won’t Retrench: The Militarist Redoubt in American Foreign Policy.” Political Science Quarterly 133, no. 4 (Winter 2018-2019): 611-640.