Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Professor Timo Kivimäki

Professor of International Relations and Director of Research

Timo Kivimaki

Director of Research
Professor in International RelationsPhD

1 West North 2.39

Twitter (@tikivimaki)


PhD Supervision

Professor Kivimäki runs a research project that focuses on New Wars, humanitarian interventions and the global protection of civilians.

He will be happy to supervise new PhD students in this project.

Details of the project

Latest publications

Long Peace of East Asia

The Long Peace of East Asia

  • Review (International Studies Review)
  • Review (E-International Relations)

Can Peace Research Make Peace

Can Peace Research Make Peace?

  • Review (London School of Economics)


Professor Kivimäki joined the department in January 2015. Previously he has held professorships at the University of Helsinki, University of Lapland, and at the University of Copenhagen. Professor Kivimäki has also been director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (Copenhagen) and the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Helsinki.

In addition to purely academic work Professor Kivimäki has been a frequent consultant to the Finnish, Danish, Dutch, Russian, Malaysian, Indonesian and Swedish governments, as well as to several UN and EU organizations on conflict and terrorism.

In his forthcoming book Failure to Protect. The Fatal Consequences of Military Humanitarian Intervention in Conflict (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing) Professor Kivimäki reveals some new patterns in contemporary warfare, and makes sense of them by looking at political discourses and cases of humanitarian intervention. Kivimäki's previous book Paradigms of Peace (London: Imperial College Press, 2016) assesses the contribution of various social scientific paradigms to peace research and peace and sets an agenda for constructivist pragmatist peace research. The Long Peace of East Asia by Kivimäki (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014) offers a constructivist understanding of the relative peace of East Asia since 1979. Kivimäki's book, Can Peace Research Make Peace. Lessons in Academic Diplomacy (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012), was nominated for the prestigious Best Book Prize by the Conflict Research Society in year 2014. Kivimäki's recent articles on peace and conflict topics were published in the Chinese Journal of International Relations, Pacific Focus, the Pacific Review, International Relations of the Asia Pacific, Journal of Peace Research, Asian Security and the Middle East Policy.

Research interests

  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • pragmatist meta-theory in peace research
  • constructivism
  • critical theory
  • East Asia

Current projects

  • New Wars, humanitarian interventions and the globa
  • Peace and Conflict in East Asia



Kivimaki, T., 2016. Paradigms of Peace:A Pragmatist Introduction to the Contribution to Peace of Paradigms of Social Science. Imperial College Press.

Kivimaki, T., 2014. The Long Peace of East Asia. Routledge.

Book Sections

Kivimaki, T., 2016. Legalism, Developmentalism and Securitization:The Case of Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea. In: Fels, E. and Vu, T.-M., eds. Power Politics in Asia’s Contested Waters. Springer, pp. 57-76.

Kivimaki, T., 2016. Politics of economic relations between China and Myanmar. In: Kim, Y.-C., ed. Chinese Global Production Networks in ASEAN 2016. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, pp. 137-155. (Understanding China)

Kivimaki, T., 2015. Regional Cooperation and Joint Development: Speech That Acts And Action That Speaks”, in , eds., Ashgate, Farnham, 2014.:Speech That Acts And Action That Speaks. In: Wu, S. and Zou, K., eds. Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea:. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 17-31. (Contemporary Issues in the South China Sea)


Kivimaki, T., 2017. Book Review: Koga, Kei (2017) Reinventing Regional Security Institutions in Asia and Africa: Power Shifts, Ideas, and Institutional Change. London: Routledge. 224 pp. Journal of Peace Research, Booknotes, p. 1.

Kivimaki, T., 2017. What South Korea’s election might mean for the long peace in East Asia? The Conversation

Kivimaki, T., 2016. Social Constructs, Material Realities and the Opportunity of Legal Solutions in the South China Sea. Journal of Political Risk, 4 (3).

Kivimaki, T., 2015. First do no harm:do air raids protect civilians? Middle East Policy, 22 (4), pp. 55-64.

Kivimaki, T., 2015. Will air raids in Syria help enforce terror-free global order? International Policy Digest

Kivimaki, T., 2015. People's Daily and the reality of South China Sea territorial disputes. Asian Politics and Policy, 7 (2), 319–323.

Kivimaki, T., 2015. Finlandization and the peaceful development of China. Chinese Journal of International Politics, 8 (2), pp. 139-166.

Kivimaki, T., 2015. How does the norm on non-interference affect peace in East Asia? Asian Survey, 55 (6), pp. 1146-1169.

Kivimaki, T., 2015. To Press, Or Not to Press the Button? E-International Relations

Kivimaki, T., 2015. Constructivist pragmatism and academic diplomacy for conflict resolution. International Journal of Political Science & Diplomacy, 1 (102), pp. 1-7.

Kivimaki, T., 2014. Soft Power and Global Governance with Chinese Characteristics. Chinese Journal of International Politics, 7 (4), pp. 421-447.

Kivimaki, T., 2014. Can the Pragmatic East Asian Approach to Human Security Offer a Way for the Deepening of the Long Peace of East Asia? Journal of Human Security, 10 (1), pp. 76-88.

Kivimaki, T., 2014. Practical and Impractical Knowledge about the Conflict in Ukraine. E-International Relations, 2014.

Kivimaki, T., 2014. Can Legalism Avoid War in the South China Sea? E-International Relations, 2014.

Non-academic press

Kivimaki, T. A., 2015. Kim Jong-un is not the only obstruction to peace in Korea. The Conversation


Kivimaki, T., 2015. Dispute over the South China Sea could put East Asia at war again.

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