Christopher David LaRoche


Research & Publications









I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at Central European University broadly interested in international security, history, and theory. My primary research project examines how great powers use geopolitical elements of world politics, like spheres of influence, to legitimize their military interventions and delegitimize others. These "geopolitical bargains" stabilize great powers' relations with one another while freeing them to intervene regionally, marrying global stability with 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 originally 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
Akademia utca 1
Budapest, Hungary 1051

larochec (at)