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Wyn Rees

Professor of International Security, Faculty of Social Sciences



Wyn Rees is a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations. He teaches and researches in the broad field of International Relations and specialises in International Security. He was a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. Wyn Rees is a member of the British International Studies Association, the Political Studies Association and the University Association for Contemporary European Studies.

Expertise Summary

M12005 Global Security, second year module

M13018 Transatlantic Security Relations, third year module

M14088/89 Western Counter-terrorism, postgraduate module

Teaching Summary

Level 2 'Global Security' module

Level 3 'Transatlantic Security Relations' module

Postgraduate 'Western Counter-terrorism' module

Research Summary

The focus of my research is in security politics. Within this area my interests are threefold. First, contemporary European security and transatlantic relations, especially the debates surrounding… read more

Recent Publications

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

US-European security cooperation since the end of the Cold War

Contemporary British security and defence policy

Anglo-American relations

Cooperation among Western countries against terrorism

Recent PhD students and successful completion dates (1st and 2nd supervisory roles):

Dimitrios Anagnostakis 2015

Ruike Xu 2015

Jana Jonasova 2016

Vladimir Rauta 2016

Aytac Kadiouglu 2017

Jalilu Ateku 2017

Maria Burczynska 2019

Alessandra de Angelis 2019

Pei Wang 2021

Peter Magill 2022

Current Research

The focus of my research is in security politics. Within this area my interests are threefold. First, contemporary European security and transatlantic relations, especially the debates surrounding institutional 'architecture'. Second is the area of postwar British security policy. The third area is international terrorism.

More information on these areas of research can be found at:

Current Research Projects

Wyn is currently working on a research project on the Anglo-American security relationship.

Past Research

My original doctoral thesis (awarded in 1994) was in the field of postwar British defence policy. In 1996 I expanded this project with archival research conducted in the United States and published this as a book with Macmillan Press. I continued to write in this subject and in 2001 I published a co-authored book entitled 'Britain and Defence 1945-2000' with S. Croft, A. Dorman and M. Uttley. My interests in British defence policy have led me to my current project on the Anglo-American security relationship.

In the field of European security and transatlantic relations I wrote a single authored book on the Western European Union in 1998 (Westview) and a co-authored book on the enlargement of European organisations (MUP, 1999). I went on to write a coauthored book with Dieter Mahncke and Wayne Thompson on transatlantic relations (MUP, 2004). In 2011 I published a book on the US-EU Security Relationship (Macmillan) and a coauthored book with Steve Marsh on European Union security (Routledge).

My work on non-military security led me to publish a coauthored book in 2003 with Jorg Monar and Valsamis Mitsilegas on the EU as an Internal Security actor (Macmillan). I followed this up in 2006 with a book on Transatlantic Counter-terrorism Cooperation (Routledge).

  • XU, RUIKE and REES, WYN, 2022. America and the special relationship: the impact of the Trump administration on relations with the UK BRITISH POLITICS. 17(1), 62-80
  • AZRIEL BERMANT and WYN REES, 2022. We need to talk about nuclear weapons again Foreign Policy.
  • PETER MAGILL and WYN REES, 2022. UK Defence Policy After Ukraine: Revisiting the Integrated Review’ Survival: Global Politics and Strategy. 64(3), 6
  • REES, WYN, 2019. The Anglo-American military relationship: institutional rules, practices and narratives Contemporary Security policy. 40(3), 312-334
  • REES, W., 2017. America, Brexit and the security of Europe British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 19(3), 558-572
  • REES, W, ed., 2016. The Evolution of Military Power in the West and Asia: Security Policy in the Cold War Era First. Routledge.
  • WYN REES, 2014. Counter-terrorism. In: Handbook of Governance and Security Edward Elgar. 452-469
  • WYN REES, 2014. Obstacles to Transatlantic Security Cooperation in the 'War on Terror'. In: ELAINE FAHEY and DEIDRE CURTIN, eds., A Transatlantic Community of Law: Legal Perspectives on the Relationship between the EU and US Legal Orders Cambridge University Press. 246-255
  • 2014. The British Military and the 'Special Relationship' Air Power Review. 17(3), 5
  • JAVIER ARGOMANIZ and WYN REES, 2013. The EU and counter-terrorism. In: SVEN BISCOP, ed., The Routledge Handbook of European Security Routledge. 225-235
  • AYHAN BAKAR, 2013. European Union Accession, Turkey and Organized Crime European Foreign Affairs Review. 18(2), 181-198
  • MARSH, S. and REES, W., 2012. The European Union in the security of Europe: from Cold War to terror war Routledge.
  • REES, G.W., 2011. The US-EU security relationship: the tensions between a European and a global agenda Palgrave Macmillan.
  • REES, W., 2011. Britain and the Wider World Defense Analysis. 27(1), 31-41
  • WYN REES, 2011. EU-US Cooperation on Counter-terrorism and the Internationalisation of Law Enforcement. In: The External Dimension of the European Union's Area of Freedom, Security and Justice PIE Peter Lang. 389-408
  • WYN REES, 2010. A Strategic Defence Review: Lessons from the Past The Political Quarterly. 81(3), 424-428
  • REES, W., 2009. Securing the homelands: transatlantic co-operation after Bush British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 11(1), 108-121
  • REES, W, 2009. US-European Union Homeland Security Cooperation. In: EDNER, F. and SENN, M., eds., Europe and Transnational Terrorism: Assessing Threats and Countermeasures Nomos. 129-144
  • REES, W, 2009. Inside Out: The External Face of EU Internal Security Policy. In: JONES,S. and GENUGTEN, S. VAN,, eds., The Future of European Foreign policy Routledge. 94-108
  • REES, W and SMITH, M., eds., 2008. International Relations of the European Union Sage.
  • REES, W., 2008. Inside out: the external face of EU internal security policy Journal of European Integration. 30(1), 97-111
  • REES, W, BLEWETT, T and HYDE-PRICE, A., eds., 2008. British Foreign Policy and the Anglican Church: Christian Engagement with the Contemporary World Ashgate.
  • REES, W and ALDRICH, R., 2007. European and US Approaches to Counterterrorism. In: TIERSKY, R. and JONES, E., eds., Europe Today: A Twenty-First Century Introduction 3rd ed. Rowman & Littlefield. 437-464
  • REES, W., 2007. European and Asian responses to the US-led 'war on terror' CAMBRIDGE REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS. VOL 20(NUMB 2), 215-231
  • REES, G.W., 2006. Transatlantic counter-terrorism cooperation: the new imperative Abingdon: Routledge.
  • REES, W., 2006. International Cooperation in Counter-terrorism. In: MAHNCKE, D: MONAR, J., ed., International Terrorism: A European Response to a Global Threat? Peter Lang. (In Press.)
  • REES, W. and ALDRICH, R. J., 2005. Contending cultures of counterterrorism: transatlantic divergence or convergence? International Affairs. 81(5), 905-923
  • REES, G.W., 2005. 'The External Face of Internal Security'. In: International Relations and the European Union 1st. 1. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 205-224
  • MAHNCKE, D., REES, G.W. and THOMPSON, W., 2004. Redefining transatlantic security relations: the challenge of change Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • REES, G.W., 2004. More Heat than Light: US Reactions to ESDP 2(2),
  • MITSILEGAS, V., MONAR, J. and REES, G.W., 2003. The European Union and internal security: guardian of the people? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • REES, W., 2003. Transatlantic Relations and the War on Terror Journal of Transatlantic Studies. VOL 1(NUMB 1), 76-90
  • REES, G.W., 2003. Justice and Internal Security. In: Europe, America, Bush: Transatlantic Relations in the Twenty First Century Routledge, London and New York. 47-58
  • REES, G.W., 2003. Transnational organized crime, security and the European Union. In: Organized Crime and the Challenge to Democracy Routledge, London and New York. 112-126
  • REES, G.W., 2002. Fighting Organised Crime: The European Union and internal security. In: Crime and Insecurity: The Governance of Safety in Europe 77-101
  • REES, G.W., 2001. The WEU: Eliminating the Middleman. In: Uncertain Europe: Building a New European Security order? Routledge, London and New York.
  • REES, G.W., 2001. Britain and Defence 1945-2000: A Policy Re-evaluation M.E. Sharpe Inc., Armonk, USA.
  • REES, G.W., 2000. Force for Europe 56(6),
  • REES, G.W., 2000. Reforming the European Union: From Maastricht to Amsterdam Longman.
  • REES, G.W., 1999. The Enlargement of Europe Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • REES, G. W., 1999. British Strategic Thinking and Europe, 1964-1970 JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION HISTORY. VOL 5(NUMBER 1), 57-72
  • REES, G.W., 1998. The Western European Union at the Crossroads: Between Atlantic Solidarity and European Integration W.B. Saunders, London and Philadelphia.
  • REES, G.W., 1998. US-European Security Relations: Surfing or Sinking?. In: The New Trans-Atlantic Agenda and the Future of EU-US Relations
  • REES, G.W., 1998. Rethinking Security in Post-Cold War Europe Longman Group Ltd, Harlow, Essex, UK.
  • WYN REES, G., 1998. Setting the Parameters for European Defence: The UK and the Weu STUDIA DIPLOMATICA. VOL 51(NUMBER 1/2), 61-70
  • REES, G. W., 1996. Britain and the Western European Union EUROPEAN SECURITY -ILFORD-. VOL 5(NUMBER 4), 529-542
  • WYN REES, G., 1996. Constructing a European Defence Identity: The Perspectives of Britain, France and Germany European Foreign Affairs Review. VOL 1(NUMBER 2), 231-246
  • REES, G.W., 1996. Dissenting Promoters of a European Defence Identity 2,
  • REES, G.W., 1996. Anglo-American Approaches to Alliance Security, 1955-60 MacMillan Publishers Ltd, London.
  • REES, G. W., 1996. The Netherlands: Reorientating its Defence Priorities CONTEMPORARY SECURITY POLICY. VOL 17(NUMBER 1), 174-176
  • REES, G.W., 1995. Transforming the East-West Relationship. In: An American Quarter Century: US Politics from Vietnam to Clinton
  • REES, G.W., 1994. Britian and Post-Cold War Arms Transfers 15(1), 109-127
  • REES, G.W., ed., 1993. International Politics in Europe: The New Agenda Routledge, London and New York.
  • REES, G.W., 1991. The Anglo-American Security Relationship. In: British Security Policy HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, UK.
  • REES, G.W., 1991. Britain and NATO. In: British Defence Policy
  • REES, G.W., 1990. Britain and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. In: UK Arms Control in the 1990s Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK.
  • REES, G.W., 1989. Brothers in Arms: Anglo-American Defence Cooperation in 1957. In: Postwar Britain: Themes and Perspectives Pinter Publishers Ltd, London.
  • REES, G.W., 1989. The Federal Republic of Germany: A Changing Security Environment Political Quarterly. 60(3), 349-357

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