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Andrew Mumford

Professor of War Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Prof. Andrew Mumford is Professor of War Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. His primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary political management of warfare - especially the British and American experience.

His first 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. 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 second book , Proxy Warfare, published by Polity in spring 2013 offered one of the first major modern assessments of indirect military engagement in pre-existing wars. His latest book, Counterinsurgency Wars and the Anglo-American Alliance was published in 2017 by Georgetown University Press, and assesses the so-called 'special relationship' through the lens of the most common form of post-1945 warfare. He has co-edited a further two books. His next book, The West's War Against ISIS, will be published in 2021 by IB Tauris and offers a concise campaign history of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq.

Andrew gained his PhD from the University of Warwick in International Relations. He has been a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University, and has previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Hull.

In 2020-21 he is on a part-time secondment to the House of Commons International Affairs Unit as a Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) Academic Fellow.

He is the editor of the 'Studies in Contemporary Warfare' book series with IB Tauris.

Expertise Summary

Andrew Mumford is a Professor of War Studies whose primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary political management of warfare - especially the British and American experience.

His first 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. 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 second book , Proxy Warfare, published by Polity in spring 2013 offered one of the first major modern assessments of indirect military engagement in pre-existing wars. His latest book, Counterinsurgency Wars and the Anglo-American Alliance was published in 2017 by Georgetown University Press, and assesses the so-called 'special relationship' through the lens of the most common form of post-1945 warfare. He has co-edited a further two books. His next book, The West's War Against ISIS, will be published in 2021 by IB Tauris and offers a concise campaign history of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq.

Teaching Summary

Andrew teaches modules across the International Relations and Security Studies spectrum.

Level 3: The War in Iraq (M13193)

Postgraduate: Contemporary Warfare (M14140/1)

Research Summary

Prof. Andrew Mumford is Professor of War Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. His primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary… read more

Selected Publications

PhD supervision

Andrew is keen to hear from potential PhD students with research proposals in the area of proxy war, counter-insurgency warfare, sub-state violence, and Anglo-American security/foreign policy more widely.

Current Research

Prof. Andrew Mumford is Professor of War Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. His primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary political management of warfare - especially the British and American experience.

His first 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. 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 second book , Proxy Warfare, published by Polity in spring 2013 offered one of the first major modern assessments of indirect military engagement in pre-existing wars. His latest book, Counterinsurgency Wars and the Anglo-American Alliance was published in 2017 by Georgetown University Press, and assesses the so-called 'special relationship' through the lens of the most common form of post-1945 warfare. He has co-edited a further two books. His next book, The West's War Against ISIS, will be published in 2021 by IB Tauris and offers a concise campaign history of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq.

Publications

BOOKS

• Counter-Insurgency Warfare and the Anglo-American Alliance: The 'Special Relationship' on the Rocks (Georgetown University Press, 2017)

• Proxy Warfare (Polity, 2013)

• The Theory and Practice of Counter-Insurgency: Warrior-Scholarship in Irregular War (edited with Bruno Reis) (Routledge, 2013)

• The Counter-Insurgency Myth: The British Experience of Irregular Warfare (Routledge: 2011)

• International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World, edited with Aidan Hehir and Natasha Kurht (Routledge: 2011)

ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Yet Dead': The Establishment and Regulation of Slavery by the Islamic State', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (forthcoming 2020; accepted December 2019)
  • Uyghur Terrorism in China', Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol.12 No.5 (2018), pp.18-26.

• 'Terrorist Learning: A New Analytical Framework' (with Louise Kettle), Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol.40 No.7 (2017), p.523-38.

• 'Parallels, Prescience and the Past: Analogical Reasoning and Contemporary International Politics', International Politics, Vol.52 No.1 (2015), pp.1-19.

• 'Policing in Kenya during the Mau Mau Emergency, 1952-60' (with Huw Bennett), in C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly (ed), Policing Insurgencies: Cops as Counterinsurgents (Oxford University Press, 2014)

• 'Iron Fists and Hidden Hands: Intelligence in British Counter-Insurgency', Inteligencia Y Seguridad (Spanish Journal of Intelligence and Security) No.13 (2013), pp. 129-165.

• 'Proxy Warfare and the Future of Conflict', RUSI Journal, Vol.158 No.2 (2013), pp.40-46.

• 'Warrior Scholarship in the Age of Globalised Insurgency: The Work of David Kilcullen' in Andrew Mumford and Bruno C. Reis (ed), The Theory and Practice of Counter-Insurgency: Warrior-Scholarship in Irregular War (Routledge, 2013)

• 'Veteran Care in the UK and the Sustainability of the 'Military Covenant', The Political Quarterly, Vol.83 No.4 (2012), pp.820-26.

• 'Minimum Force Meets Brutality: Detention, Interrogation and Torture in British Counter-Insurgency Campaigns', Journal of Military Ethics, Vol.11 No.1 (2012), pp.10-25.

• 'Covert Peacemaking: Clandestine Negotiations and Backchannels with the Provisional IRA during the early 'Troubles', 1972-76', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol.39 No.4 (2011), pp.633-48.

• 'Al-Qaeda and Networked International Insurgency', in Aidan Hehir, Natasha Kurht and Andrew Mumford (ed), International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World (Routledge: 2011).

• 'Robert Thompson's Lessons for Iraq: Bringing the Five Basic Principles of Counter-Insurgency into the Twenty-First Century', Defence Studies, Vol.10 No.1/2 (2010), pp.177-94.

• 'Unnecessary or Unsung? The Role of Air Power in Britain's Colonial Counter-Insurgencies', Small Wars and Insurgencies, Vol.20 No3/4 (2009), pp.636-55.

• 'Is Torture Ever Justified? Torture, Rights and Rules from Northern Ireland to Iraq' (with Caroline Kennedy-Pipe) in Anthony Lang and Amanda Beattie (ed) War, Torture and Terrorism: Rethinking the Rules of International Security (London: Routledge, 2009), pp.54-68.

• 'Torture, Rights, Rules and War: Ireland to Iraq' (with Caroline Kennedy-Pipe), International Relations, Vol.21 No.1 (March 2007) pp.121-128.

• 'Intelligence Wars: Ireland and Afghanistan - The American Experience', Civil Wars, Vol.7 No.4 (Winter 2005) pp.377-395.

  • 2018. Theory-Testing Uyghur Terrorism in China Perspectives on Terrorism. 12(5), 18-26
  • LOUISE KETTLE and ANDREW MUMFORD, 2017. Terrorist Learning: A New Analytical Framework Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 40(7), 523-538
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, 2017. Counterinsurgency Wars and the Anglo-American Alliance Georgetown University Press.
  • MUMFORD, A., 2013. Proxy warfare Polity.
  • 2013. Proxy Warfare and the Future of Conflict RUSI Journal. 158(2), 40-46
  • MUMFORD, A., 2012. The counter-insurgency myth: the British experience of irregular warfare Routledge.
  • MUMFORD, A., 2012. Minimum force meets brutality: detention, interrogation and torture in British counter-insurgency campaigns Journal of Military Ethics. 11(1), 10-25
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, 2011. ‘Counter-Insurgency Research: A Case of Recurring Amnesia’ At: International Studies Today, Vol.1 No.1
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, AIDAN HEHIR & NATASHA KUHRT, ed., 2011. International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World Routledge.
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, 2011. ‘Puncturing the Counterinsurgency Myth: Britain and Irregular Warfare in the Past, Present and Future’
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, 2009. ‘Unnecessary or Unsung? The Role of Air Power in Britain’s Colonial Counter-Insurgencies’ Small Wars and Insurgencies. Vol.20(No. 3/4), pp.636-55
  • ANDREW MUMFORD & CAROLINE KENNEDY-PIPE, 2009. ‘Is Torture Ever Justified? Torture, Rights and Rules from Northern Ireland to Iraq’. In: ANTHONY LANG AND AMANDA BEATTIE, ed., War, Torture and Terrorism: Rethinking the Rules of International Security Routledge. 54-68
  • ANDREW MUMFORD & CAROLINE KENNEDY-PIPE, 2007. ‘Torture, Rights, Rules and War: Ireland to Iraq’ International Relations. Vol.21(No. 1), 121-128.
  • ANDREW MUMFORD, 2005. ‘Intelligence Wars: Ireland and Afghanistan – The American Experience’ Civil Wars. Vol. 7(No. 4), 377-395
  • Theory-Testing Uyghur Terrorism in China Perspectives on Terrorism. (In Press.)

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