Michael W. Doyle

Michael W. Doyle is an American international relations scholar who is a theorist of the liberal "democratic peace" and author of Liberalism and World Politics.[1] He has also written on the comparative history of empires and the evaluation of UN peace-keeping. He is a professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University - School of International and Public Affairs. He is the former director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative. He co-directs the Center on Global Governance at Columbia Law School.

Michael W. Doyle
Alma materHarvard University
Spouse(s)Amy Gutmann
ChildrenAbigail Doyle
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University

Early life

Michael W. Doyle was born in Honolulu, HI and graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL[2] He earned his AB, AM, and PhD in Political Science, all from Harvard University.


Doyle has taught at the University of Warwick, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Yale Law School. At Princeton University, he directed the Center of International Studies and chaired the Editorial Board and the Committee of Editors of World Politics. He has long been a member and is the former chair of the board of the International Peace Institute. He was also a member of the External Research Advisory Committee of the UNHCR and the Advisory Committee of the Lessons-Learned Unit of the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations (UN). He is a member of Council of Foreign Relations, New York.

Kant's Perpetual Peace

In his 1983 essay Kant, Liberal Legacies and Foreign Affairs,[3] Doyle builds on Immanuel Kant's views on various issues; especially noted are his views on liberal internationalism. Doyle discusses the two legacies of modern liberalism: the pacification of foreign relations among liberal states (see below) and international imprudence.

Awards and honors

In 2001, Doyle was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and, in 2009, to the American Philosophical Society. In 2012, he was named the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.[4]

Public service

Doyle served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the Secretary General's Executive Office, he was responsible for strategic planning, including the Millennium Development Goals, outreach to the international corporate sector through the Global Compact, and relations with Washington. He is the former chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.

He was also the chair of United Nations Democracy Fund[5] from 2007 to 2013, elected by the members and appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Model International Mobility Convention

As one of the co-directors of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative's project on International Migration,[6] Doyle helped develop the Model International Mobility Convention.[7]

The Model International Mobility Convention fills a gap in international law by covering the multiple forms of international mobility, ranging from visitors through labor migrants to forced migrants and refugees. It proposes a comprehensive framework for international mobility with the goal of establishing a cumulative set of rights afforded to internationally mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states).[8]

Personal life

Doyle is married to Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania. Their daughter is a professor of chemistry at Princeton.[9][10]


  1. Doyle, Michael W. (Dec 1986). "Liberalism and World Politics". The American Political Science Review. 80 (4): 1151–1169. doi:10.2307/1960861. JSTOR 1960861.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2017-03-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Doyle, Michael W. (1983). "Kant, Liberal Legacies and Foreign Affairs" (PDF). Philosophy and Public Affairs. I. and II (12): 205–235, 323–353.
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20151006215902/http://www.aapss.org/academy-fellows/fellows-a-z/michael-doyle-1
  5. "UNDEF".
  6. "International Migration". http://globalpolicy.columbia.edu/projects/international-migration. External link in |website= (help)
  7. "Model International Mobility Convention". Columbia Global Policy Initiative. 25 Aug 2017.
  8. "Model International Mobility Convention". Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
  9. "Princeton University Department of Chemistry Abigail Doyle".
  10. "The Doyle Group". Archived from the original on 2015-09-07.


  • The Question of Intervention: John Stuart Mill and the Responsibility to Protect (Yale Press)
  • Ways of War and Peace: Realism, Liberalism, and Socialism (W.W. Norton)
  • Empires (Cornell University Press)
  • Liberal Peace: Selected Essays (Routledge)
  • UN Peacekeeping in Cambodia: UNTAC's Civil Mandate (Lynne Rienner Publishers)
  • Striking First: Preemption and Prevention of International Conflict (Princeton Press)
  • Making War and Building Peace (Princeton Press) with Nicholas Sambanis
  • Alternatives to Monetary Disorder (Council on Foreign Relations/McGraw Hill) with Fred Hirsch and Edward Morse
  • Keeping the Peace (Cambridge University Press) edited with Ian Johnstone and Robert Orr
  • Peacemaking and Peacekeeping for the New Century (Rowman and Littlefield) edited with Olara Otunnu
  • New Thinking in International Relations Theory (Westview) edited with John Ikenberry
  • The Globalization of Human Rights (United Nations University Press) edited with Jean-Marc Coicaud and Anne-Marie Gardner

Interview with Michael W. Doyle on the background of “Doyle’s Law” given on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree from the University of Warwick (Jul 2014)

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