Michael Ignatieff

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Michael Ignatieff


Michael Ignatieff is Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at HKS. He is a Canadian writer, teacher and former politician. He holds a doctorate in history from Harvard University and has held academic posts at Kings College, Cambridge, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. He served in the Parliament of Canada and was Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. His books include The Needs of Strangers, (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Blood and Belonging, (1993) The Warriors Honour, (1997) Isaiah Berlin (1998) The Rights Revolution (2000) Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004); Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013)







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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Commentary
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "Trudeau Trounces the Politics of Enmity." Financial Times, October 20, 2015.
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "David Cameron is Abusing Magna Carta in Abolishing our Rights." The Guardian, June 27, 2015.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Ignatieff, Michael, Juliette Keeley, Betsy Ribble, and Keith McCammon. "The United States and the European Refugee Crisis: Standing with Allies." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-020, May 2016.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "The Refugees and the New War." New York Review of Books. December 17, 2015.
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "The Hero Europe Needed." Atlantic. March 2015.
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "El Nuevo Desorden Mundial (The New World Disorder)." Letras Libres. January 2015.
  • Reviews
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "Messianic America: Can He Explain it?" Review of American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers (by Perry Anderson) and Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (by David Milne), New York Review of Books, November 19, 2015.
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "The Religious Specter Haunting Revolution." Review of The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, by Michael Walzer. New York Review of Books, June 4, 2015.
    • Ignatieff, Michael. "The Rise of Islamic State: Isis and the New Sunni Revolution by Patrick Cockburn." Review of The Rise of Islamic State: Isis and the New Sunni Revolution, by Patrick Cockburn. Sunday Times, February 8, 2015.

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