Christopher David LaRoche


Research & Publications









I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Central European University. My primary research examines how great powers partition the world into zones of exclusive authority. These "geopolitical bargains" can stabilize great powers' relations with one another while freeing them to intervene regionally, creating global stability but enabling local violence. I also work on humanitarian intervention, international political theory, and nuclear proliferation. Before moving to CEU, I was a 2018 postdoctoral fellow at the China Institute, University of Alberta, and a 2017/2018  research fellow at the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict, and Justice at the Univerity of Toronto's Munk School for Global Affairs. I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto and hail from Nova Scotia, Canada.


My article with Joseph MacKay, Why is there no reactionary international theory? is available at International Studies Quarterly.

My article with Simon Frankel Pratt, Kenneth Waltz is not a neorealist (and why that matters), can be viewed at OnlineFirst at the European Journal of International Relations.

My article with Joseph MacKay, The conduct of history in International Relations, is available through FirstView at International Theory.

Deptartment of International Relations
Central European University
Nador utca 9
Budapest, Hungary 1051

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