Professor Rosemary Foot

Emeritus Fellow

Rosemary Foot was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship of St Antony’s College in October 2014. She was a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations from 2014-2023 and is an associate of the China Centre. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Previously Professor of International Relations and the Sir John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia at St Antony’s College, she has been a Fellow of the College since 1990. During that time, she held the posts of Director of the Asian Studies Centre (1994-1997), Senior Tutor (2003-2005), and Acting Warden (January-October 2012). Rosemary Foot has also held several visiting appointments over the course of her academic career in Australia, China, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, and the United States.

Selected Publications: 

Her research interests and publications cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, human rights, Asian regional institutions, China and regional and world order, and China-US relations. 

Recent Articles/Book Chapters

“Positioning Human Rights in China-U.S. Relations” in Christopher Sabatini (ed.) Reclaiming Human Rights in a Changing World Order, Brookings Institution Press, with Chatham House, London, 2023, pp. 31-59.

“From Globalisation to Fragmentation? The Erosion of Confidence in the Asia-Pacific”, in Felix Heidux (ed.) Asian Geopolitics and the US-China Rivalry, Routledge, 2022, pp. 17-31.

“Regions and Regionalism: Confronting New Forms of Connectedness,” in Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, (eds.) Global Governance Futures, Routledge, 2022, pp. 86-100

The UN High Commissioner’s Contentious Visit to China” – East Asia Forum, 8 July 2022

“Chinese Perceptions of America’s Indo-Pacific Strategy”, Washington DC: Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Interpret China Project, 12 May 2022.

“Beijing and the UN, 50 Years On”, The Diplomat, October 2021

“R2P Sidelined: the International Response to China’s Repression of Muslim Minorities in Xinjiang”, Global Responsibility to Protect, 13, 2021

“A World Unsafe for Democracy? China and the Shaping of Global Order,” Journal of the British Academy, 9, July 2021.

Previous publications include:

China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power, Image (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020)

“China’s Rise and US Hegemony: Renegotiating Hegemonic Order in East Asia” International Politics, Vol. 57, No. 2, 2020, at (

(With Amy King) “China’s World View in the Xi Jinping Era: Where do Japan, Russia and the United States Fit?” The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2020 at (

(With Amy King) “Assessing the Deterioration in China-US Relations: US Governmental Perspectives on the Economic-Security Nexus,” China International Strategy Review Vol. 1, No. 1, 2019.

“Remembering the Past to Secure the Present: Versailles Legacies in a Resurgent China” International Affairs, Vol. 95, No. 1, January 2019.

(With Kate Sullivan de Estrada) “China’s and India’s Search for International Status through the UN System: Competition and Complementarity”, Contemporary Politics, Vol. 25, Issue 5, 2019

(with Evelyn Goh) “The International Relations of East Asia: A New Research Prospectus,” International Studies Review, Vol. 21, Issue 3, September 2019 at (

(with Andrew Walter) China, the United States and Global Order (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Rights Beyond Borders: The Global Community and the Struggle over Human Rights in China (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000)

The Practice of Power: U.S. Relations with China Since 1949, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995. Paperback edition, 1997). (Voted “Outstanding Academic Book” in 1996 by Choice).

A Substitute for Victory: the Politics of Peacemaking at the Korean Armistice Talks (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1990)

The Wrong War: American Policy and the Dimensions of the Korean Conflict, 1950-1953 (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985)

Co-editor (with Saadia M Pekkanen and John Ravenhill, The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Editor, China Across the Divide: the domestic and global in politics and society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Co-editor, (with Barry Buzan) Does China Matter? A Reassessment, Essays in Memory of Gerald Segal (London: Routledge, 2004)

Co-editor, (with S. Neil MacFarlane and Michael Mastanduno) US Hegemony and International Organizations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

Co-editor and introduction (with John Lewis Gaddis and Andrew Hurrell), Order and Justice in International Relations (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)