Michael E. Cox (born 1947) is a British academic and international relations scholar. He is currently a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), where he is Co-Director of LSE IDEAS. He also teaches for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Program, an alliance of NYU Stern, the London School of Economics and HEC School of Management.
Cox was educated at the University of Reading. He has taught at Queen's University Belfast (1972–1995), San Diego State University (1986), the College of William and Mary in Virginia (1987–1989), the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1995–2001), the Catholic University of Milan (2003 and 2004) and the University of Melbourne (2004). He was also a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, between 2003 and 2004. In 2003, he became a Chair at the London School of Economics. He is currently Co-Director of LSE IDEAS, previously known as the Cold War Studies Centre (CWSC), with Professor Odd Arne Westad, where the Co-Directors are also Co-Editors of the London School of Economics CWSC journal, Cold War History.
As a writer, Cox has authored many books on international politics, the Cold War, US foreign policy and the behaviour of superpowers. He has contributed to many academic journals and has been the editor of the Review of International Studies, International Relations and International Politics. He is also the General Editor of Rethinking World Politics, a Palgrave book series.
Cox has been a member of the Executive Committee of the British International Studies Association and the Irish National Committee for the Study of International Affairs. From 1994, he became an Associate Research Fellow at Chatham House, London. Between 2001 and 2002, he was Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute for the Study of International Politics. He was appointed as a senior fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo in 2002. In 2003, he was Chair of the United States Discussion Group at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He became a member of the board of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations in 2003. He held the Publications portfolio on the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) before being elected Chair of the ECPR, the biggest political science association in Europe and the second largest in the world, in 2006.
- Cox, M., Paul H. Nitze on National Security and Arms Control: Superpowers at the Crossroads, 1990 (White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs)
- Cox, M., US Foreign Policy After the Cold War: Superpower Without a Mission?, 1995 (Chatham House Papers)
- Booth, K., Cox, M., Dunne, T. (eds), The Interregnum: Controversies in World Politics, 1989–1999, 1999 (Cambridge University Press)
- Cox, M., Ikenberry, G. J., Inoguchi, T. (eds), American Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, Impacts, 2000 (Oxford University Press)
- Cox, M., Guelke, A., Stephen, F. (eds), A Farewell to Arms? From "Long War" to Long Peace in Northern Ireland, 2000 (Manchester University Press)
- Cox, M. (ed), E. H. Carr: A Critical Appraisal, 2000 (Palgrave)
- Booth, K., Cox, M., Dunne, T. (eds), How Might We Live? Global Ethics for a New Century, 2001 (Cambridge University Press)
- Booth, K., Cox, M., Dunne, T. (eds), Empires, System and States: Great Transformations in International Politics, 2001 (Cambridge University Press)
- Cox, M. (ed), E. H. Carr, The Twenty Years' Crisis: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations, 1919–1939, 2001 (Palgrave)
- Cox, M., International History since 1990, in Baylis, J., Smith, S. (eds), The Globalization of World Politics (2nd Edition), 2001 (Oxford University Press)
- Cox, M., The Search for Relevance: Historical Materialism after the Cold War, in Smith, H., Rupert, M. (eds), Historical Materialism and Globalisation: Essays in Continuity and Change, 2002 (Routledge)
- Cox, M., The Continuing Story of Another Death Foretold: Radical Theory and the New International Relations, in Breacher, M., Harvey, F. P. (eds), Millennial Reflections on International Relations, 2002 (University of Michigan Press)
- Cox, M., Meanings of Victory: American Power after the Towers, in Booth, K., Dunne, T. (eds), Worlds in Collision: The Great Terror and Global Order, 2002 (Palgrave)
- Cox, M., "A Failed Crusade?" The United States and Post-Communist Russia, in Lane, D. (ed), The Legacy of State Socialism and the Future of Transformation, 2002 (Rowman & Littlefield)
- Cox, M., America and the World, in Singh, R., Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy, 2003 (Oxford University Press)
- Cox, M., American Power before and after 11 September, in Singh, R., Governing America: The Politics of a Divided Democracy, 2003 (Oxford University Press)
- Cox, M., The 1980s Revisited or the Cold War as History – Again, in Njølstad, O. (ed), The Last Decade of the Cold War: From Conflict Escalation to Conflict Transformation, 2004 (Frank Cass Publishers)
- Cox, M., A New American Empire, in Held, D., Koenig-Archibugi, M. (eds), American Power in the 21st Century, 2004, (Polity Press)
- Cox, M., Guelke, A., Stephen, F. (eds), Northern Ireland: A Farewell to Arms? Beyond the Good Friday Agreement, 2005 (Manchester University Press)
- Cox, M., America at War: US Foreign Policy After 11 September, 2005 (Blackwell Publishing)
- Cox, M. (ed), Twentieth Century International Relations, 2006 (Sage Publications Ltd)
- Cox, Michael and Doug Stokes, eds. US Foreign Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.