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Professor Patrick Porter

Patrick Porter is currently Professor of International Security and Strategy at the University of Birmingham. Previously, Patrick was Professor of Strategic Studies and Academic Director of the Strategy and Security Institute at University of Exeter. He is also Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, London and a Fellow of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.

His research interests are great power politics, grand strategy, foreign and defence policy in the US and UK, realism in International Relations, and the interaction of power and ideas.

He has written four books. His book Blunder: Britain's War in Iraq (Oxford University Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the British Army Military Book of the Year Prize, 2019. His most recent book is The False Promise of Liberal Order: Nostalgia, Delusion and the Rise of Trump (Polity, 2020). He also wrote The Global Village Myth: Distance, War and the Limits of Power (Georgetown University Press, 2015) and Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes (Columbia University Press, 2009.

He has published in International Security, Security Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, International Affairs, the Washington Quarterly, Security Dialogue, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and War in History. He also writes opinion pieces in The National Interest, The Critic, The New Statesman and The American Conservative.

He has appeared as an expert witness before the parliamentary Defence Select Committee, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, and the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

He was born and grew up in Australia, and graduated at the Universities of Melbourne and Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate. He has also worked at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the British Defence Academy, King's College London, and the University of Reading.