Charles Lipson Office: Pick Hall 418B Phone: 773 702 8053 Email Interests:
  • International relations
  • International political economy
  • Modern international history
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Charles Lipson taught international relations at the University of Chicago, where he was the Peter B. Ritzma Professor in Political Science and the College. His research deals with international cooperation and conflict and with political aspects of the world economy. His most recent book on international relations, Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace, explains one of the most striking features in world politics: why democracies do not fight wars against each other. (Princeton University Press, 2003). Dr. Lipson has also written extensively on international trade, debt, and investment. His book, Standing Guard: Protecting Foreign Capital in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, has been widely praised for combining politics and economics. It is concerned with the problems faced by successful corporations when they operate in difficult political environments around the world.

Professor Lipson's most recent work deals with the problems of forging international cooperation after the Cold War. He is currently writing about the sources of international order in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Recent Research / Recent Publications

Selected Publications

Reliable Partners: How Democracies Have Made a Separate Peace (Princeton University Press, 2003).

Standing Guard: Protecting Foreign Capital in the 19th and 20th Centuries (University of California Press, 1985).

"The Rational Design of International Institutions," with Barbara Koremenos and Duncan Snidal, International Organization (Cambridge University Press, 2001).