Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism (CST)


Rory Cormac

Rory has two current research projects. The first examines the relationship between British prime ministers and their intelligence services. It explores the interface between the intelligence community and the core executive.

The second is a history of British covert action since 1945. This project explores whether there is a British 'way' in covert action. It considers how covert action is formulated; how strategic, political, and cultural factors shaped its nature and use over time; and it explores the impact of the nebulous distinctions between the passive (intelligence) and the active (policy) spheres in the British system.


David Gill
David is currently pursuing two research projects, both of which reflect an interest in Grand Strategy. The first considers the concept of the security dilemma and, more broadly, the relationship between history and theory in international politics. The second investigates the decline of British power following the end of the Second World War.



Andrew Mumford's primary area of research is state responses to sub-state violence. His book The Counter-Insurgency Myth: The British Experience of Irregular War (Routledge, 2011) offers a macro-level history of the evolution of British responses to asymmetric insurgent threats. He is also co-editor of International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge, 2011) and The Theory and Practice of Irregular War: Warrior-Scholarship in Counterinsurgency.

Andrew has published journal articles on a range of issues that explore how the British state in particular has attempted to deal with insurgencies, including torture, negotiations and reliance on air power. His latest book, Proxy Warfare, was published by Polity in 2013.


Within the field of security politics, his interests are threefold and mutually reinforcing. First, contemporary transatlantic security relations and European security, especially the debates surrounding institutional 'architecture'. Second is the area of counter-terrorism and the cooperation between western countries in combating this phenomenon. The third is postwar British security policy with a particular focus on recent debates about this country's role in the world. Wyn is currently working on a research project on the Anglo-American security relationship.


Bettina Renz's major research expertise is Russian security and defence policy in the post-Cold war era. She has published widely on military reforms, civil-military relations, military operations other than war and the perception and response to 'new' security threats in contemporary Russia, including a monograph on the 'securitisation' of Russian domestic politics with Manchester University Press in 2006. Dr Renz also has an active interest in contemporary war and strategy and in the role of airpower in modern conflict in particular.


Josh is the co-lead invesitgator on a large research collaborative project with the University of Newcastle Australia, entitled 'Countering Islamist Radicalisation in Southeast Asia: Evolving Strategies for the Development Community.' This project links various stakeholders involved in the implementation of de/counter radicalisation programs in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and explores not only the effectivness of these program but also the the complex implications for members of the development community engaged in counter-extremism initiatives.


Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism

School of Politics and International Relations
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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