Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism


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Professor Rory Cormac


Rory Cormac is a Professor of International Relations specialising in Secret Intelligence and Covert Action.

Rory has written five books, most recently, The Secret Royals: Spying and the Crown from Victoria to Diana (Atlantic, 2021)

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.

In 2018, he held a Leverhulme International Academic Fellowship based at Johns Hopkins University. Between 2015 and 2017, he held an AHRC Fellowship examining British approaches to covert action, 1945-1968.

Rory is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining Nottingham, Rory worked at the University of Warwick and King's College London.


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Dr Abigail Blyth

Abigail specialises in intelligence in the public domain, and specifically exploring depictions of the intelligence realm in popular culture and news journalism.

She is currently working on an article: The power of popular culture in understanding British Intelligence which will be discussed at the International Studies Association Conference and the Women in Intelligence Brown Bag Lunch series next year.

The other area of research interest is intelligence pedagogy due to her passion for teaching


Edward Burke

Dr Edward Burke

Ed Burke is an Associate 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, he was a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the University of Portsmouth.

In 2018 Dr Burke published the 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. His current research includes the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on the British-Irish security relationship. His most recent research has appeared in the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth Studies, Prism, and the RUSI Journal.

In May 2020 Dr Burke commenced a two-year early career fellowship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The title of his research project is, "The Greatest Weight? Paramilitaries, Deterrent Violence and Feud in Ulster's Borderlands since 1920".


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Dr Louise Kettle

Louise Kettle is currently working on a new book on the relationship between Britain and Iran. She has also has been accepted onto the University of Nottingham's Institute of Policy and Engagement’s Policy Impact Pathways Programme and is taking part in a RUSI-led UK-Russia Expert Dialogue on the Foreign Policy Challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. She has recently completed a commissioned report for the Cabinet Office on foreign policy planning and strategy. 

In the autumn of 2021 Louise appeared on two different episodes of Britain’s Forgotten Wars with Tony Robinson - one on the Gulf War and one on the Suez crisis. 

In September 2021 she had a chapter published in a new book What next for Britain in the Middle East? published by Bloomsbury.


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Dr Natalie Martin

Dr Natalie Martin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, and former BBC journalist - specialising in Turkish politics, the Turkey-EU relationship, the role of the news media in liberal democracies, and the security implications of Brexit.

Natalie's teaching has focused on Politics and International Relations theories, metatheories and methodologies - and how they interact. Her most recent publication was published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2020, entitled 'The Securitisation of News in Turkey: Journalists as Terrorists?'.


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Professor Andrew Mumford

Professor Andrew Mumford is an expert in counter-insurgency and sub-state violence. His book The Counter-Insurgency Myth: The British Experience of Irregular War was published in July 2011, and he is co-editor of International Law, Security and Ethics (Routledge, 2011).

He has published numerous articles relating to conflict, security and terrorism, including strategic planning for the war in Iraq, and the role of air power in counter-insurgency war. 

Andrew is also on the expert security panel of the EU/NATO European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. He edited a special issue of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs on Hybrid Warfare in 2020. 


Wyn Rees

Professor Wyn Rees

Professor Wyn Rees' expertise is in three main areas of security politics: contemporary transatlantic relations, post-war British security policy, western counter-terrorism cooperation and Anglo-American relations.

Wyn's publications include The US-EU Security Relationship: The Tensions between a European and a Global Agenda (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2011) and he is currently writing a study of UK-US military cooperation.


Bettina Renz

Professor Bettina Renz

Professor Bettina Renz is an expert in Russian security and defence policy. She has published widely on defence reforms and Russian military thinking and doctrine. Her recent book, Russia’s Military Revival, was published with Polity Press in 2018.



Centre for the Study of Subversion, Unconventional Interventions and Terrorism

School of Politics and International Relations
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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