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Andrew Mumford

Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Andrew Mumford is an Associate Professor in 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.

He is co-director of the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism.

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.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library in London during the 2012-13 academic year.

Expertise Summary

Dr Andrew Mumford is an Associate Professor in 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: International Law, Security and Ethics: Policy Challenges in the Post-9/11 World and The Theory and Practice of Irregular Warfare: Warrior-Scholarship in Counterinsurgency.

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

Dr Andrew Mumford is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations. His primary research area is analysis of the historical and contemporary political management of warfare -… 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

Dr Andrew Mumford is an Associate Professor in 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.

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

• '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.

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