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Nigel Ashton


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Expertise:
Cold War
;
Diplomatic History
;
U.S. History
;
NATO
;
U.S. National Security
;
Middle East and North Africa
;
North America
;
United States
Affiliation:
Professor and Chair of the International History Department, London School of Economics

 

Nigel J. Ashton is currently a professor of international history and chair of the international history department at the London School of Economics. He specializes in Anglo-American relations and history of the modern Middle East.

Ashton began his academic career as an undergraduate at Christ’s College, Cambridge, from where he would later earn his Ph.D. After earning his doctorate, Ashton went on to a temporary lectureship at Salford University, and then on a permanent position at the University of Liverpool. Ashton left the University of Liverpool for the London School of Economics in 1998, where he continues to teach today.

He has also authored numerous books and scholarly articles, most recently King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life, which analyzes the role of the late king in shaping Middle Eastern statecraft throughout the second half of the 20th century. Ashton’s other books include Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: the Irony of Interdependence, released in 2002, and Eisenhower, Macmillian and the Problem of Nasser: Anglo-American Relations and Arab Nationalism, 1955-59, released in 1996.

Major Publications

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life (2008)

Kennedy, Macmillan and the Cold War: The Irony of Interdependence (2002)

Eisenhower, Macmillan and the Problem of Nasser: Anglo-American Relations and Arab Nationalism, 1955-59 (1996)

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