Prof Paul Dixon

Position: Professor
School: School Of Social And Behavioural Sciences
Extension: 67086
Location: Room PR TB 7005, Tower Block, Penrhyn Road


Dr Paul Dixon is a Reader in Politics and International Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He has just published the second edition of Northern Ireland: The Poltiics of War and Peace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and has carried out extensive research on the Northern Ireland conflict which has been published in journals such as Political Studies, Review of International Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Terrorism and Political Violence and Political Quarterly. In total he has published over 30 articles and book chapters including articles on British public opinion and military intervention, the Kosovo conflict and bipartisanship and Sri Lanka. His current research interests are British and Irish politics, conflict resolution theory and counterinsurgency and he has extensive media experience. Dr Dixon has recently edited a special issue of the Journal of Strategic Studies on 'Hearts and Minds: British Counterinsurgency from Malaya to Iraq' based on a conference co-convened with the Royal United Services Institute. In February 2011 he published 'Northern Ireland Since 1969' with Dr Eamonn O'Kane. Dr Dixon is currently completing an edited volume on 'The British Approach to Counterinsurgency: Malaya to Afghanistan' for Palgrave. He will then complete his long-awaited book on 'Northern Ireland Peace Process: Choreography and Theatrical Politics' for Routledge.

Educational and professional qualifications

1993 PhD: British Labour Party & Norther Ireland , Bradford University
1986 BA (Hons) Politics & Modern History , Manchester University

Professional experience (post-1990)

2009- Reader in Politics and International Studies, Kingston University
2005-2009 Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Kingston University
2004 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (Weatherhead Center for International Affairs)
2001-2005 Lecturer in Politics, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, N. Ireland
1997-2001 Lecturer in Government, University of Ulster, Newtownabbey, N. Ireland
1995-1997 Lecturer in Politics, University of Leeds
1993-1994 Lecturer in Politics and Public Policy, University of Luton
1992-1993 Research Fellow, Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast
1992-1993 Tutor in Politics, Queen's University, Belfast
1991 Tutor in Politics, University of Leeds


I teach 'The Politics of Conflict: The New Tribalism?' which is a module looking at competing theoretical approaches to conflict and its management using Iraq and other areas in conflict as case studies. I also run and teach on 'The Politics of Mass Murder' module and 'Issues in International Politics'. I offer a 'Northern Ireland' option in the Masters module 'Case Studies in International Conflict'. At Kingston University I have also run and taught 'UK Government and Politics', 'Political Controversies' and 'Introduction to Politics'.

Research supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Irish politics, in particular the Northern Ireland conflict (especially the security dimension, the Democratic Unionist Party since 1998 and the peace process, theoretical approaches to understanding the conflict).

The British 'War on Terror': the British state and political parties response to 'terrorism and political violence' before and after 9/11.

British and US counterinsurgency theory and practice in Empire and after (particularly counterinsurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan).

Conflict resolution theory

Research areas

Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence


ESRC: Devolution Initiative: Unionism after the Good Friday Agreement
Result: Awarded
Political Studies Association: PSA panel at the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia
Result: Awarded

International connections

British International Studies Association (BISA)
Chatham House
Political Studies Association (UK)
Political Studies Association of Ireland (PSAI)

Professional activity


I was consultant and researcher for BBC1’s Politics Show on Peter Hain broadcast in June 2005. I published an article on that programme in the Belfast Telegraph and there is a journal article ‘Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Valuing the Union?’ Irish Political Studies, vol. 21 no. 2 June 2006.

I have also appeared on BBC’s ‘Newsnight’ programme, BBC News 24, ‘The Politics Show’ BBC1 UK and Northern Ireland, Sky News (3 times) and CNN.


I was interviewed for Radio 4’s ‘PM programme’, an RTE (Irish radio) item on the 2003 Assembly elections, Radio Ulster’s ‘Talkback’ programme, ‘Good Morning Ulster’. I have been interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Leeds, Radio Scotland (twice), Northern Sound (Irish radio), City Beat’s ‘Stephen Nolan Show’ (Belfast), Student Radio Leeds, Radio Scotland.

My research on theatrical politics was the subject of Radio Ulster’s ‘Look West’ programme. There is an interview with me on the BBC NI web site ‘A state apart’.

I have been quoted by Reuters News Agency, the New York Times, LA Times, Irish News, Times Higher Education Supplement, Irish News, Irish Independent, Christian Science Monitor, ABC News (web),, The Village, interviewed by the Japanese newspaper Mainichi and on a variety of web sites Yahoo, ATT, Lycos,,,,, Armenian News Network, Khaleej Times online, spiked-online and chinadaily.

Academic activities

Member of: Political Studies Association UK, Political Studies Association of Ireland

External examiner of PhD on ‘The British Labour Party and Northern Ireland’ St Mary’s College, University of Surrey. I have helped to evaluate applications for the Post-Doctoral Scheme of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

I have acted as a referee for the Leverhulme, Economic and Social Sciences Research Council, Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Review of International Studies, Voluntas, Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Political Studies, Capital and Class, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, British Politics, Politics, Routledge, Berg, Cambridge University Press, Irish Academic Press, Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Irish Political Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Elections, Civil Wars, Policy and Politics, Public Opinion and Parties, and Palgrave.

I have written articles for Parliamentary Monitor (April 2005), Strategic Comments (IISS), Fortnight magazine, Belfast Telegraph, Belfast Newsletter, Tribune, Progress and Chartist.

Research outputs

Number of items: 45.


Dixon, Paul (2017) 'Endless wars of altruism'? Human rights, humanitarianism and the Syrian War. International Journal of Human Rights, ISSN (print) 1364-2987 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Dixon, Paul (2015) The lessons of the Northern Ireland peace process : realistic pragmatism and political skills. The RUSI Journal, 160(4), pp. 18-23. ISSN (print) 0307-1847

Dixon, Paul (2014) Die Militarisierung der britischen Demokratie. Berliner Debatte Initial, 25(2), pp. 54-70. ISSN (print) 0863-4564

Dixon, Paul (2014) 'There is nothing politically right that is morally wrong'? Beyond realism and idealism in the Northern Ireland peace process. Irish Political Studies, 29(2), pp. 236-257. ISSN (print) 0790-7184

Dixon, Paul (2013) An honourable deception? The Labour government, the Good Friday Agreement and the Northern Ireland peace process. British Politics, 8(2), pp. 108-137. ISSN (print) 1746-918X

Dixon, Paul (2012) Bew and Frampton: recognisably neoconservative. Political Quarterly, 83(2), pp. 283-286. ISSN (print) 0032-3179

Dixon, Paul (2012) Did the British Intelligence and Security services defeat the IRA? British Politics Review, 7(3), pp. 4-5. ISSN (print) 1890-4505

Dixon, Paul (2012) In defence of politics: interpreting the peace process and the future of Northern Ireland. Political Quarterly, 83(2), pp. 265-276. ISSN (print) 0032-3179

Dixon, Paul (2012) Was the IRA defeated? Neo-Conservative propaganda as history. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 40(2), pp. 303-320. ISSN (print) 0308-6534

Dixon, Paul (2012) The politics of conflict: a constructivist critique of consociational and civil society theories. Nations And Nationalism, 18(1), pp. 98-121. ISSN (print) 1354-5078

Dixon, Paul (2012) A rejoinder to a reply. Nations and Nationalism, 18(1), pp. 129-131. ISSN (print) 1354-5078

Dixon, Paul (2011) Guns first, talks later: Neoconservatives and the Northern Ireland peace process. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, 39(4), pp. 649-676. ISSN (print) 0308-6534

Dixon, Paul (2011) Is consociational theory the answer to global conflict? From the Netherlands to Northern Ireland and Iraq. Political Studies Review, 9(3), pp. 309-322. ISSN (print) 1478-9299

Dixon, Paul (2010) Book Review of: The Northern Ireland question: the peace process and the Belfast agreement edited by Brian Barton & Patrick J. Roche. Irish Political Studies, 25(1), pp. 150-152. ISSN (print) 0790-7184

Dixon, Paul (2010) 'Rosy Catholics' and 'Dour Prods': President Clinton and the Northern Ireland peace process. International Politics, 47(2), pp. 210-228. ISSN (print) 1384-5748

Dixon, Paul (2009) Book review of: Dimensions of counter-insurgency: applying experience to practice by Tim Benbow and Rod Thornton. International Affairs, 85(3), pp. 627-628. ISSN (print) 0020-5850

Dixon, Paul (2009) ‘Hearts and Minds’? British counter-insurgency strategy in Northern Ireland. Journal of Strategic Studies, 32(3), pp. 445-474. ISSN (print) 0140-2390

Dixon, Paul (2009) 'Hearts and minds’? British counter-insurgency from Malaya to Iraq. Journal of Strategic Studies, 32(3), pp. 353-381. ISSN (print) 0140-2390

Ganiel, Gladys and Dixon, Paul (2008) Religion, pragmatic fundamentalism and the transformation of the Northern Ireland conflict. Journal of Peace Research, 45(3), pp. 419-436. ISSN (print) 0022-3433

Dixon, Paul (2007) Book review of: 'Political leadership and the northern Ireland peace process: Role, capacity and effect' by Cathy Gormley-Heenan. West European Politics, 30(5), pp. 1227-1228. ISSN (print) 0140-2382

Dixon, Paul (2006) Performing the Northern Ireland peace process on the world stage. Political Science Quarterly, 121(1), pp. 61-91. ISSN (print) 0032-3195

Dixon, Paul (2006) Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: valuing the union? Irish Political Studies, 21(2), pp. 113-136. ISSN (print) 0790-7184

Dixon, Paul (2004) 'Peace within the realms of the possible'? David Trimble, unionist ideology and theatrical politics. Terrorism and Political Violence, 16(3), pp. 462-482. ISSN (print) 0954-6553

Dixon, Paul (2003) Victory by spin? Britain, the US and the propaganda War over Kosovo. Civil Wars, 6(4), pp. 83-106. ISSN (print) 1369-8249

Dixon, Paul (2002) L'IRA, victoire, defaite ou match nul? (The IRA: Win, lose or draw?). La Revue Nouvelle(5), pp. 64-71. ISSN (print) 0035-3809

Dixon, Paul (2002) Northern Ireland and the international dimension: the end of the Cold War, the USA and European integration. Irish Studies in International Affairs, 13(13), pp. 105-120. ISSN (print) 0332-1460

Dixon, Paul (2002) Political skills or lying and manipulation? the choreography of the Northern Ireland peace process. Political Studies, 50(4), pp. 725-741. ISSN (print) 0032-3217

Dixon, Paul (2001) British policy towards Northern Ireland 1969-2000: continuity, tactical adjustment and consistent 'inconsistencies'. British Journal of Politics & International Relations, 3(3), pp. 340-368. ISSN (print) 1369-1481

Dixon, Paul (2000) Britain's 'Vietnam syndrome'? Public opinion and British military intervention from Palestine to Yugoslavia. Review of International Studies, 26(1), pp. 99-121. ISSN (print) 0260-2105


Dixon, Paul (2014) The Northern Ireland peace process: choreography and theatrical politics. London, U.K. : Routledge. 240p. (Routledge Advances in European Politics) ISBN 9780415348607 (In Press)

Dixon, Paul, ed. (2012) The British approach to counterinsurgency: from Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan. Houndmills, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 336p. ISBN 9780230293472

Dixon, Paul and O'Kane, Eamonn (2011) Northern Ireland since 1969. Harlow, U.K. : Longman. 224p. (Seminar Studies In History) ISBN 9781405801355

Dixon, Paul (2008) Northern Ireland: the politics of war and peace. 2nd ed. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 334p. ISBN 9780230507791

Book Section

Dixon, Paul (2017) The 'real' and 'dirty' politics of the Northern Ireland peace process : a constructivist realist critique of idealism and conservative realism. In: White, Timothy J., (ed.) Theories of international relations and Northern Ireland. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781784995287

Dixon, Paul (2016) 'A real stirring in the nation' : military families, British public opinion and withdrawal from Northern Ireland. In: Dawson, Graham , Dover, Jo and Hopkins, Stephen, (eds.) The Northern Ireland troubles in Britain : impacts, engagements, legacies and memories. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 41-56. ISBN 9780719096327

Dixon, Paul (2015) How terrorism ends: negotiating the end of the IRA's 'armed struggle'. In: Jarvis, Lee and Lister, Michael, (eds.) Critical perspectives on counter-terrorism. London, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 187-209. ISBN 9780415855471

Dixon, Paul (2015) The future of counterinsurgency? The crisis of classical theories. In: Fremont-Barnes, G., (ed.) A history of counterinsurgency. Santa Barbara, California : Praeger. pp. 423-440. ISBN 9781440804243

Dixon, Paul (2008) 'A Tragedy Beyond Words': interpretations of British government policy and the Northern Ireland peace process. In: Edwards, Aaron and Bloomer, Stephen, (eds.) Transforming the peace process in Northern Ireland: from terrorism to democratic politics. Dublin, Ireland : Irish Academic Press. pp. 175-194. ISBN 0716529556

Dixon, Paul (2006) Rethinking the international and Northern Ireland: a critique. In: Cox, Michael , Guelke, Adrian and Stephen, Fiona, (eds.) A farewell to arms?: Beyond the Good Friday agreement. 2nd ed. Manchester : Manchester University Press. pp. 409-426. ISBN 0719071151

Dixon, Paul (2004) Contemporary unionism and the tactics of resistance. In: Bric, Maurice J. and Coakley, John, (eds.) From political violence to negotiated settlement: the winding path to peace in twentieth-century Ireland. Dublin : University College Dublin Press. pp. 133-153. (Perspectives in British-Irish studies) ISBN 1900621843

Dixon, Paul (2001) Partition and the failure of majoritarianism. In: Wilson, Robin, (ed.) Agreeing to disagree?: a guide to the Northern Ireland Assembly. Stationery Office. ISBN 0114972575

Conference or Workshop Item

Dixon, Paul (2003) The theatricality of politics: understanding New Labour. In: 'Democracy and Diversity': the 53rd annual conference of the Political Studies Association; 15-17 Apr 2003, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Dixon, Paul (2001) Singing from the same hymn sheet? The Democratic Unionist Party. In: Political Studies Association of Ireland conference; November 2001, Galway, Ireland. (Unpublished)


Dixon, Paul (2007) Theatrical politics and the choreography of the Northern Ireland peace process. (Working Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights and Conflict, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University. 39 p.

Dixon, Paul (2002) Contemporary unionism and the tactics of resistance. (Working Paper) Dublin, Ireland : Institute for British-Irish Studies. 20 p. (Working Papers in British-Irish Studies, no. 19)

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