Rory Cormac is a Professor of International Relations specialising in the study of Covert Action and Secret Statecraft.
His most recent book is How to Stage A Coup and Ten Other Lessons from the World of Secret Statecraft . The CIA's in-house journal described it as "a valuable and thought-provoking work, the most thorough treatment of the topic to date." International Affairs called it "an important public service".
Alongside Richard J. Aldrich, he has researched and fronted three documentaries for Channel 4: Spying on the Royals (2017), D-Day: The King who Fooled Hitler (2019) and The Queen and the Coup (2020).
He has appeared at the Hay, Cheltenham and Edinburgh Literary Festivals, and regularly features in national and international media outlets, including most UK newspapers, BBC Breakfast, BBC 5Live, BBC Radio 4, BBC History Magazine, and, in America, NBC and National Geographic.
Rory has spoken at the UK Cabinet Office, Home Office, Number 10 and Ministry of Defence, as well as the US State Department and Pentagon.
Rory is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has held Leverhulme and AHRC fellowships. Before joining Nottingham, Rory worked at the University of Warwick and King's College London.
- Covert Action
- Coups, Sabotage, Assassination, Electoral Interference
- Secret Intelligence
Rory currently teaches:
- Secret Intelligence and International Security (BA3)
- Covert Action and Unacknowledged Interventionism (MA)
He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Rory is currently researching:
- Covert Action and Unacknowledged Interventions
- Propaganda and Influence Operations