Michael N. Barnett

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Michael N. Barnett

University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-9301
Fax: 202-994-5477
1957 E St. NW, Office #605A Washington, D.C. 20052

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University. His research interests span the Middle East, humanitarianism, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. Among his many books are Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda; Dialogues in Arab Politics: Negotiations in Regional Order; Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism; Rules for the World: International Organizations in World Politics (with Martha Finnemore); Security Communities (co-edited with Emanuel Adler); Sacred Aid (co-edited with Janice Stein); Power and Global Governance (co-edited with Raymond Duvall); Humanitarianism in Question (co-edited with Thomas Weiss). His most recent books include The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of the American Jews; the edited volume Paternalism Beyond Borders; and the edited collection Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Worlds of Differences? Global Governance in a World of Change (co-edited with Jon Pevehouse and Kal Raustiala); and Israel and the One State Reality (co-edited with Nathan Brown, Marc Lynch, and Shibley Telhami).

His current book projects are: The End of Humanity: An Autopsy of the Present and Future (with Unni Karanukara and to be published with Cambridge University Press; The Oxford Handbook of International Institutions (co-edited with Duncan Snidal); and The Spectre of the West ( to be published with Oxford University Press and co-authored with Janice Stein).

International affairs, global governance, humanitarianism, and the Middle East

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

HONR 2175 Honors Special Topics – Humanitarianism

Professor Barnett has published extensively on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action, and the Middle East. He is the author of many books, including a history of humanitarianism, The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.