Dr Leslie Vinjamuri

Chatham House

Withdrawal from multilateralism: global governance challenges (afternoon plenary session, day 2)

Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is Head of the US & the Americas Programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs. She is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS. From 2010-2018 she founded and later was Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS.

Leslie writes and speaks about America’s role in the world, international security, intervention, and geopolitics. She is an editor of Human Rights Futures (Cambridge University Press, 2017)​ and has published numerous articles in leading journals. ​Leslie is a regular contributor to the international news media. She has been interviewed by ​The New York Times, The Financial Times,​ BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Economist Radio, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Monocle, Newsweek Foreign Service podcast and contributed articles to the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, CNN, The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent.

​Leslie is a Marshall Commissioner and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is on the LSE IDEAS Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of the Institute for Integrated Transitions. She is on the Editorial Boards of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations, a book series for Cambridge University Press. From 2015-2018, Dr. Vinjamuri was a member of the Council (a “trustee”) of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. ​

Previously, she was a professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She has held fellowships at Harvard University and the London School of Economics. Previously, she worked in the Asia Bureau at USAID and in the Foreign Affairs Division at Congressional Research Service. Leslie has a BA from Wesleyan University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Columbia University.