There is an ever increasing tendency to imagine ourselves living somehow 'beyond history', to bask in what Francis Fukuyama termed 'the end of history'. In this lecture, Sir Adam Roberts presents a compelling case for the reintroduction of history to the centre of international relations, drawing on examples from contemporary world conflicts.
Adam Roberts has been the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, and Fellow of Balliol College, since 1986. He is a member of Oxford University's Department of Politics and International Relations.
His main teaching and research interests are in the fields of international security, international organizations, and international law (including the laws of war). He has also worked extensively on the role of civil resistance against dictatorial regimes and foreign rule, and on the history of thought about international relations.
He is a member of the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London (2002- ); and of the UK Defence Academy Advisory Board (2003- ). He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics & Political Science, and of St Antony's College Oxford.
He was born in Penrith, England, on 29 August 1940. His first degree was at Oxford University in Modern History.
From 1 September 2003 to 1 September 2006 he was Director of Graduate Studies in International Relations. This post is now held by Prof. Yuen Foong Khong of Nuffield College.