The Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) unites high profile academics from across the University of Exeter, taking in the disciplines of Politics, Arab and Islamic Studies, International Relations, Business and Leadership, and beyond. The Institute also incorporates a number of visiting experts, academics and practitioners from a number of other institutions and organisations.

As well as all the experience of academics at Exeter, the SSI has harnessed a wealth of experience through its Advisory Board and its network of Honorary Professors and Fellows that are able to bring realistic practical global experience from across the spectrum of politics, the military, the diplomatic corps, the intelligence services and from government.  This network, coupled with our strong links to RUSI, gives the SSI extraordinary breadth and depth.

Lieutenant General (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton KBE Director
Professor Michael Clarke Associate Director, a former Director RUSI, London
Professor Patrick Porter Academic Director
Dr Sergio Catignani Senior Lecturer in Security and Strategic Studies and Director of Education
Dr David Blagden Lecturer in International Security and Strategy
Dr Agnieszka Jachec-Neale Lecturer, The Law School and MStrat Crisis Watch Tutor
Dr Martin Robson Lecturer in Strategic Studies

Honorary Professors

Major General (Retd) Kevin Abraham
Director of AWCTS Limited
Mr Nick Beadle Former Senior Civil Servant
Professor Malcolm Chalmers Research Director / Director, UK Defence Policy Studies at RUSI
Professor Michael Clarke
Director, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Mr David Chinn
Director in McKinsey London Office

Rear Admiral Malcolm Cree

Honorary Associate Professor
Sir Jon Day
Former Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee
Sir Ciarán Devane Chief Executive of the British Council
Dr Jonathan Eyal
Senior Research Fellow / Director, International Studies at RUSI

Dr Roger Hutton

Director Corporate Strategy, MOD
Professor The Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield
Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary, University of London
Professor Joseph Liow Associate Dean S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
Sir David Omand Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and Head of GCHQ
Sir Hugh Orde International policing consultant
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus Chairman, KKR Global Institute
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux Former Chief of the Defence Staff
Dr Andrew Rathmell Director, Aktis Strategy Ltd
The Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC Honorary Fellow
Sir John Scarlett Former Chief of MI6. Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley
General Sir Peter Wall Former Chief of the General Staff

Mr Myles Wickstead

Visiting Professor

Honorary Fellows

Dr Tarak Barkawi                     Associate Professor, Department of Politics, New School for Social Research
Dr Stephanie Blair Independent Conflict and Stabilisation Advisor
Mr Steven Bowns Director at Technology Futures Ltd
Mr Andrew Brear A former soldier and diplomat
Sir Anthony Brenton Diplomat, former Ambassador to Russia, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

Diplomat, former Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Mr Robert Fox Journalist and Defence Correspondent
Mr Frank Hoffman Director, National Defense University Press and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University
Dr David Jackson Co Director of Veteran to Veteran (Turning it around)
Dr Thomas Mahnken Professor of Strategy, US Naval War College & Director of External Programs at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, Johns Hopkins
Mr Raymond McKeeve Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
Mr William Nye General Secretary to the Archbishops' Council and General Synod of the Church of England
Sir William Patey Diplomat, former Ambassador to Afghanistan
Dr Mark Pyman Shell International Senior Executive
Major General (Retd) Andrew Sharpe Executive Vice President, IR Consilium
Dr Jamie Shea Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Major General Sandy Storrie Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Military Strategy)
Dr Steve Tatham Author and practitioner of Strategic Communication and Influence
Mr Richard Thompson Former Foreign Office and more recently Chief Constable of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Ms Catarina Tully Director, FromOverHere
Mr Mark Turnbull Communications Director
James de Waal Senior Consulting Fellow in the International Security Department of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Mr Rob Wainwright Director of Europol

Mr Richard Wylde

Control Risks’ Director Government and Defence
The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP Former Secretary of State for Defence (2009-2010)
Sir Jonathon Band Former First Sea Lord (professional head of the Royal Navy)
Mr Victor Chavez Chief Executive Officer of Thales UK
Sir Stewart Eldon Former Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to NATO
Lord Evans of Weardale Former Director General of the Security Service (MI5)
Sir David Omand Former Director GCHQ and then Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and the MOD
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Pattie Senior Partner of Terrington Management and former Minister of State for Defence Procurement
 Mr Andrew Pringle President, International Government, Defence and Support Services at Kellogg Brown & Root
Sir John Scarlett Advisor at Morgan Stanley, former Chief of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Mr Robin Southwell Former Chief Executive Officer of EADS UK
The Lord Stirrup Former Chief of Defence Staff and Member of the House of Lords
Sir Kevin Tebbit Former Director GCHQ and Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the MOD


Professor Malcolm Chalmers RUSI
Dr Jonathan Eyal RUSI
Professor Alexandra Gerbasi Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Director of the Centre for Leadership and Decision-Making, University of Surrey
Professor Tony King Professor of War Studies, University of Warwick
Jake Moores Honorary Professor in Leadership, Plymouth University
Dr Andrew Rathmell Aktis Strategy Ltd
Dr Jamie Shea NATO - Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges 
Dr Danny Steed Former Lecturer at the Strategy and Security Institute
Morgen Witzel Fellow of The Business School
Crown Media Media Simulation and Training
Professor Sir Steve Smith BSc MSc PhD (Soton) The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive
Professor Vivienne Baumfield Graduate School of Education
Professor Jeremy Black History
Professor Robert Gleave Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Professor Janice Kay Provost
Professor Andrew Massey Politics
Professor Steve McCorriston The Business School
Professor Richard Overy History
Professor Brian Rappert Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Professor Michelle Ryan

Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology

Professor Mike Schmitt Professor of Public International Law, Law
Professor Doug Stokes Professor of International Relations, Politics
Professor Michael Winter Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute 
Professor Martin Thomas History
Dr Stephane Baele Politics

Dr Gregorio Bettiza


Dr Katharine Boyd

Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Dr Gareth Curless


Mr Richard Edwards

Senior Lecturer in Law
Professor William Harvey The Business School
Dr John Heathershaw Politics
Mr Alex Janes The Business School

Dr Kubo Mačák

 The Law School
Dr Klejda Mulaj Politics
Dr Aurel Sari The Law School
Professor Ruth Sealy The Business School
Dr Mohammed Shareef

Lecturer in Ethnopolitics

Dr Lise Storm

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies

Dr Owen Thomas Politics
Dr Catarina Thomson Senior Lecturer in Security and Strategic Studies, Politics
Dr Yanan Song Politics

Introducing our current MStrat Cohort: their profiles and selected work.

NameBroad topic of research
Patrick Bury Lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies, University of Bath
Mike Crofts  The law and ethics of training indiginous forces
Alexander Neads Teaching Fellow - Leadership and Strategic Management, Leadership and Change, Cranfield University
Tobias Ruettershoff

Expert knowledge production in Counter Insurgency

Jerry Thomas Climate change in the Arabian Peninsula
Patrick Finnegan

Current position: Teaching Fellow in Strategic Studies, University of Reading

Research interest: Military cohesion in non-state actors

NameBroad topic of research
Tallha Abdulrazaq Iraqi military strategy
Tobias Borck

Security and Stability in the Middle East

Leanne Fuller Growing Double and Deutero-loop learners: An analysis of the British Army's efforts to inculcate a learning culture amongst junior officers
Salem Osseiran The information environment in military strategy
Maria Chiara Slucca Drone warfare
Noel Trew Proportionality calculations under the Law of Armed Conflict
John Bailey The utility of social science in enhancing military capacity building programmes in an era of persistent engagement

Kit Waterman - Affliliated PhD Student

 American force influences over international economic relationships and US financial markets

Haluk Dogan

The resurgent opposition in post-Soviet Russia's relations with the West.

Dukhee Yun - Affiliated PhD Student

“By the Length of Their Pikes”: Realities and Perceptions of Early-Modern British Infantry Combat, 1642-1783.

NameSubject Area
Captain Mike Crofts RTR  The law and ethics of training indiginous forces
Roo Haywood Smith Institute Manager, Executive Officer to the Director
Debbie Ironside-Smith Administrator, Executive Assistant to the Director