I am an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Nottingham specialising in insurgency, terrorism and British/EU foreign and defence policy. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham in September 2017 I was a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth.
From 2010 to 2011 I was Deputy Head of the International Police Coordination Board in Kabul, Afghanistan; previously I served as a Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Reporting Officer at the EU Police Mission in Afghanistan. I have also worked as a Foreign Policy Fellow at FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior) in Madrid and at the Centre for European Reform in London.
I recently completed a book - Army of Tribes: British Army Cohesion, Deviancy and Murder in Northern Ireland - on the experiences of the British Army in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s, which was published by Liverpool University Press in 2018. I am also currently researching the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on the British-Irish security relationship. My most recent research has appeared in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Studies, Prism, and the RUSI Journal.
In 2015, together with Dr Jonathan Marley of the Irish Defence Forces, I co-authored a report on the future of United Nations peacekeeping, Walking Point for Peace that was submitted by New York University's Center on International Cooperation to the United Nations High-Level Independent Panel on Peacekeeping Operations.
My research has been reported on by the Financial Times and the Economist, among other media. I am a regular media commentator on British foreign policy, military affairs and the EU. My media contributions include writing opinion articles for The Guardian, The Irish Times, El País and The New York Times. I have also appeared as an expert witness at the UK Houses of Parliament / the European Parliament and lectured at the Royal United Services Institute and at Chatham House.
Level 2 'Global Security' module
Level 1 'Understanding Global Politics'
Level 1 'Problems in Global Politics'
Level 2 '20th Century International Politics'