Michael Brecher

Academic title(s): 

R. B. Angus Professor, Department of Political Science


PhD, Yale, F.R.S.C.

Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
michael.brecher [at] mcgill.ca
Leacock 528
Areas of interest: 

Theory of Crisis, Conflict and War
Protracted Conflicts/Enduring Rivalries
Foreign Policy Theory and Decision-Making
International Systems
Middle East International Politics, esp. the Arab-Israel conflict and peace process
South Asia International Relations

Current research: 
  • Protracted Conflicts and World Politics  (book)
  • The Arab/Israel Conflict   (book)


Selected publications: 
  • A Century of Crisis and Conflict in the International System: Theory and Evidence, Palgrave-Macmillan (U.S.), 2017.
  • Dynamics of the Arab-Israel Conflict: Past and Present, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017.
  • Political Leadership and Charisma: Nehru, Ben-Gurion, and Other 20th Century Political Leaders, Palgrave-Macmillan (U.S.), 2016.
  • The World of Protracted Conflicts, Rowman and Littlefield Lexington Books, 2016.
  • International Political Earthquakes, University of Michigan Press, 2008.
  • Nehru: A Political Biography Oxford University Press 2005 (paperback edition of the original 1959 work) 682 pages.
  • Millennial Reflections on International Studies, editor, with Frank P. Harvey, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2002 (5 vols.)
  • A Study of Crisis, with Jonathan Wilkenfield, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 1997. (Paperback and CD-ROM edition, 2000)
  • Crises in World Politics: Theory and Reality, Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1993.
  • Editor and Contributor, "Crisis, Conflict and War", Special Issue of International Political Science Review, 17(2), 1996, pp. 127-228.
  • "Escalation and War in the Twentieth Century: Findings from the International Crisis Behaviour Project" with Patrick James and Jonathan Wilkenfeld, in John A. Vasquez (ed.) What Do We Know About War? Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000. pp. 37-53.
  • "Interstate Crises and Violence: Twentieth Century Findings", with Jonathan Wilkenfeld, in Manus I. Midlarsky (ed.) Handbook of War Studies II, Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2000, pp.271-300.
  • "International Studies in the Twentieth Century and Beyond: Flawed Dichotomies, Synthesis, Cumulation", International Studies Quarterly 43(2) 1999. pp. 213-264.
  • "Crisis Escalation: A New Model and Findings," in Frank P. Harvey and Ben Mor (eds.) Conflict in World Politics: Advances in the Study of Crisis, War and Peace, Macmillan, London, 1997. pp. 119-141.
  • with Jonathan Wilkenfield, "The Ethnic Dimension of International Crises," in David Carment and Patrick James (eds.), Wars in the Midst of Peace: The International Politics of Ethnic Conflict, Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997, pp. 164-193
  • "Reflections on a Life in Academe", International Studies Notes, 20(3) 1995, pp.1-8.
  • "Profiles of Interstate Crises, 1918-1988," , with Mark Peranson and David Emelifeonwu International Interactions 20(4) 1995, pp. 375-401.
  • "International Crises: Reflections on the Future", Security Studies, 3(4), 1994, pp. 650-677.
  • "Eban and Israeli Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, War and Disengagement", in Gordon A. Craig and Francis Lowenheim (eds). The Diplomats, 1939-1979, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1994, pp. 397-435.
  • "International Crises and Global Instability: The Myth of the `Long Peace'", with Jonathan Wilkenfeld, in Charles W. Kegley, Jr. (ed.) The Long Postwar Peace, New York: Harper Collins, 1991, pp. 85-104.
  • "Nehru's Place in History", in Milton Israel (ed.) Nehru and the Twentieth Century. Toronto: University of Toronto Centre for South Asian Studies, 1991. pp. 23-52.


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


1955-56, Nuffield Fellowship

1960, Watumull Prize, American Historical Association, for "NEHRU: A Political Biography", "the best book on India published in the preceding two years"

1964-65, Rockefeller Fellowship

1965-66, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship


1973, Woodrow Wilson Award, American Political Science Association, for _The Foreign Policy System of Israel_, "the best book on government, politics and international affairs published in the preceding year"

1970-4 & 1976-9, Killam Awards, Canada Council

1976-, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

1986, Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching, McGill University

1990 - Present

1995, Distinguished Scholar Award, International Studies Association, Foreign Policy Analysis Section

1999-2000, President, International Studies Association

2000, Leon-Gerin Quebec Prize for the Human Sciences

2000, Award for High Distinction in Research, McGill University

2009, Lifetime Achievement Award, American Political Science Association (Conflict Processes)


Research areas: 
International Relations