SIPA Faculty-Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle

University Professor

SIPA Faculty-Michael Doyle

International Affairs Building, Room 1314


Personal Details

Focus areas: International relations, international law, humanitarian intervention and the global regime for migration

Michael Doyle specializes in international relations theory, international security, and international organizations.

Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. His responsibilities included strategic planning (Millennium Development Goals), outreach to the international corporate sector (the Global Compact), and relations with Washington.

Doyle has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1992 and is the former chair of the Academic Council of the United Nations System. He has also been a vice president, senior fellow and a member (and chair) of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Institute between 1992 and 2018. In 2001, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; in 2009, to the American Philosophical Society; and in 2012, to the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He served as chair of the board of the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF) from 2006–2013. On July 15, 2014, the University of Warwick conferred on him an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) upon Doyle in recognition of his research and publications on Peace Theory.

In 2013, Doyle was appointed director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and served as a co-director of its International Migration project until 2018.

In 2015, Doyle helped develop the Model International Mobility Convention which represents a shared framework among over 40 academics. It serves the ambitious goal of creating a holistic, rights-respecting governance regime for all aspects of international migration, filling in the gaps in the existing international legal regime and expanding protections where needed.

Doyle holds a BA from Harvard College (1970), and an MA (1972) and PhD (1977) from Harvard University.


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, Harvard College


Research And Publications

In The Media

Geopolitical Stability

Michael Doyle, in his new book - “Cold Peace: Avoiding the New Cold War” - says that difficult compromises can facilitate cooperation, and avoid catastrophic conflict.

Apr 15 2024
Taiwan News
Geopolitical Stability

Professor Michael Doyle joined ambassadors from 10 countries for a discussion of ASEAN positioning in regional and global structures.

Oct 05 2023
Báo Mới
Geopolitical Stability

In his recent book, University Professor Michael Doyle considers how US relations with Russia and China have shifted, and more.

Oct 05 2023
New Republic

Professor Michael Doyle says President Biden “needs to say to the American people that our efforts to defend an international order that is competitive and promotive of U.S. values and interests are still relevant in the world today,”

Sep 18 2023
Christian Science Monitor
Geopolitical Stability

University Professor Michael Doyle, a member of the SIPA faculty, shares five key insights from his new book.

May 19 2023
Next Big Idea Club