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Archibald Haworth Brown, CMG, FBA (born 10 May 1938) is a British political scientist. In 2005, he became an emeritus professor of politics at the University of Oxford and an emeritus fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, where he served as a professor of politics and director of St Antony's Russian and East European Centre. He has written widely on Soviet and Russian politics, on communist politics more generally, on the Cold War, and on political leadership.


Brown taught at the University of Glasgow from 1964 to 1971, during which time he was a British Council exchange scholar at Moscow State University for the academic year 1967-68.[1]

In 1998, he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame[1] in Indiana.

He was Director of Graduate Studies in Politics for Oxford University between 2001 and 2003.[1]

The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War was published in 2020. It was awarded the Pushkin House Book Prize 2021. The Human Factor was described by the Chair of the panel of judges Dr Fiona Hill, former Senior Director for Russian and European Affairs in the US National Security Council, as representing "the very best in western scholarship on Russia and comparative politics" and containing "a lifetime’s achievement of wisdom and insight".[2]

A brief description of Archie Brown's career and contribution to political science can be found at:


He was appointed as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2005 "for services to UK-Russian relations and to the study of political science and international affairs".[1]


Books in honour of Archie Brown


  1. ^ a b c d Archie Brown's St Antony's College Biography Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Celebrating the best non-fiction writing about Russia". (archived). Pushkin House. Archived from the original on 2 November 2021.