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Ph.D., Department of Government, Harvard University, 1977
B.Phil., Nuffield College, Oxford University, 1973
A.B., Harvard University, 1971
(summa cum laude, social studies)
Miles Kahler is Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations at IR/PS and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at UC San Diego. His principal areas of research are international relations and international political economy, particularly international institutions and global governance, Asian regional institutions, the evolution of the nation-state, and the political economy of international finance.
Recent publications include "Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance," and "Collective Action and Clandestine Networks: The Case of al Qaeda," both in a book that he edited, "Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance" (Cornell University Press, 2009); “Network Analysis for International Relations,” (with Emilie Hafner-Burton and Alexander Montgomery, International Organization, 63, 3 (2009); “Global Governance Redefined,” in Andrew C. Sobel, editor, Challenges of Globalization (2009); and “Asia and the Reform of Global Governance” (Asian Economic Policy Review, December 2010).
From 2001 to 2005, he served as Interim Director and Founding Director of the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS) at UCSD. He has also served as Interim Dean (1997-1998) and Associate Dean (2008-2010) of IR/PS.
Kahler has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2007-2008) and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1994-1996). He was recently Principal Consultant for the Asian Development Bank project, Institutions for Regionalism in Asia and the Pacific.
Kahler is an expert in the international relations of the Pacific region; global and regional economic integration and its consequences for domestic politics; international institutions, particularly the International Monetary Fund and other international and regional economic institutions; and the politics of international monetary, financial and trade relations.
Current ProjectsPolitics in the New Hard Times: an investigation of the international and domestic political effects of the Great Recession (co-directed with David A. Lake)
A Reordered World: Emerging Economies and Global Governance: a research project on the present and future role of China, India and Brazil in global governance
Current research interests include international institutions and global governance, Asian regionalism and regional institutions, the evolution of the nation-state, multilateral strategies toward failed states, and the political economy of international finance.
Recent Papers, Projects, and Publications (by Subject)
Unit Variation in World Politics
The Misplaced Westphalian Moment: Mapping Modern Statehood. Paper prepared for delivery at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 28-31, 2008.
Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance in "Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance," (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2009). This volume is the product of a research project on Networked Politics sponsored by the Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), University of California, San Diego; the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge; and the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. The project was supported with funding from the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), University of California.
Collective Action and Clandestine Networks: The Case of Al Qaeda. Contribution to Miles Kahler, editor, Networked Politics: Agency, Power, and Governance. Revised version of the paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia PA, 1 September 2006.
Aid and State Building, Paper presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Research for this paper was supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of the research project on Rebuilding Authority in States at Risk: International Strategies and the Role of NGOs.
Statebuilding After Afghanistan and Iraq. Contribution to Roland Paris and Timothy D. Sisk, The Dilemmas of Statebuilding: Confronting the Contradictions of Postwar Peace Operations. (Routledge, 2008).
Networks and Failed States: September 11 and The Long Twentieth Century, Revised version of a paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, 29 August-1 September 2002, Boston, MA
"The State of the State in World Politics," in Ira Katznelson and Helen Milner, editors, Political Science: The State of the Discipline (New York: W. W. Norton, 2002).
"Evolution, Choice, and International Change," in David A. Lake and Robert Powell, editors, Strategic Choice and International Relations, (Princeton University Press, 1999).
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Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization in Miles Kahler and Barbara Walter, editors, Territoriality and Conflict in an Era of Globalization (Cambridge University Press, 2006). This volume is the product of a research project on Globalization, Territoriality, and Conflict at the UCSD Institute for International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IICAS), funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Governance in a Global Economy: Political Authority in Transition (co-editor, David A. Lake) (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003) includes:
- "Globalization and Governance: Definition, Variation, and Explanation" (with David A. Lake)
- "Globalization and Changing Patterns of Political Authority" (with David A. Lake)
Modeling Races To The Bottom
Information Networks and Global Politics, in Christoph Engel and Kenneth H. Keller, editors, Understanding the Impact of Global Networks on Local Social, Political, and Cultural Values, (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2000).
International and Regional Institutions
Regional Institutions in an Era of Crisis and Globalization, in Miles Kahler and Andrew MacIntyre, editors, Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context (under review)
Principal Consultant, Institutions for Regional Integration: Toward An Asian Economic Community (Manila: Asian Development Bank, 2011). Available here.
Regional Economic Institutions and East Asian Security, in Avery Goldstein and Edward D. Mansfield, editors, The Nexus of Economics, Security, and International Relations in East Asia, Stanford University Press (forthcoming).
Weak Ties Don’t Bind: Asia Needs Stronger Structures to Build Lasting Peace, Global Asia, 6, 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 18-23.
Legitimacy, Humanitarian Intervention, and International Institutions, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 10, 1 (February 2011), pp. 20-45.
“Asia and the Reform of Global Governance,” Asian Economic Policy Review, 5, 2 (December 2010), pp. 178-193.
Global Governance Redefined, in Andrew C. Sobel, editor, The Challenges of Globalization (New York: Routledge, 2009), pp. 174-198
Economic Integration and Global Governance: Why So Little Supranationalism? Co-author: David Lake. Contribution to Walter Mattli and Ngaire Woods, editors, Explaining Regulatory Change in the Global Economy.
Internal Governance and IMF Performance, in Edwin M. Truman, editor, Reforming the IMF for the 21st Century (Institute for International Economics, 2006).
Defining Accountability Up: The Global Economic Multilaterals Government and Opposition Vol. 39 No. 2, (Spring 2004) pp. 132-158
Leadership Selection in the Major Multilaterals (Washington, D. C.: Institute for International Economics, 2001).
Legalization and World Politics, edited by Judith Goldstein, Miles Kahler, Robert O. Keohane, and Anne Marie Slaughter. Contains:
-- "Legalization as Strategy: The Asia-Pacific Case" The final revised version of this paper is published in International Organization, Volume 54, Number 3, Summer 2000, pp. 549-571.Back to Top
International Political Economy
Economic Crisis and Global Governance: The Stability of a Globalized World, in Miles Kahler and David A. Lake, editors, Politics in the New Hard Times: The Great Recession in Comparative Perspective (under review)
"Institutional Choice in International Monetary Affairs: Bretton Woods and Its Competitors" Contribution to David Andrews, Randall Henning, and Louis Pauly, editors, Governing the World's Money: A Festschrift in Honor of Benjamin J. Cohen, (Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2002)
Private Capital, Central Banks, and International Monetary Governance. Paper prepared for the Political Economy of International Finance Research Group meeting, Cambridge MA, 27 October 2000.
"The New International Financial Architecture and Its Limits" Revised version published in Gregory W. Noble and John Ravenhill, editors, The Asian Financial Crisis and the Architecture of Global Finance, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000).
Capital Flows and Financial Crises, edited by Miles Kahler (Cornell University Press, 1998).
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International Relations of the Pacific
Strategic Uses of Economic Interdependence: Engagement Policies on the Korean Peninsula and Across the Taiwan Strait, Co-author: Scott Kastner. Journal of Peace Research, 43, 5 (September), 2006, pp. 523-541.
Economic Security in an Era of Globalization: Definition and Provision, The Pacific Review, 17, 4 (2004), pp. 485-502; reprinted in Helen E.S. Nesadurai, editor, Globalisation and Economic Security in East Asia: Governance and Institutions (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 23-39.
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U.S. Foreign Policy
We Are All Europeans Now: U.S. Politics and Transatlantic Relations, in David Andrews, editor The Alliance Under Stress: The Atlantic Partnership After Iraq, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
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"Politics in the New Hard Times"
"Integrating Regions: Asia in Comparative Context"