International Affairs
1 March 2012 , Volume 88, Number 2


Chatham House


Wyn Q Bowen is Professor of Non-Proliferation and International Security at King’s College London and Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies in the Department of War Studies. He has researched and written widely on nuclear security and proliferation issues, including The global partnership against WMD: success and shortcomings of G8 threat reduction since 9/11 (co-authored with Alan Heyes and Hugh Chalmers, 2011); ‘How China can strengthen interna¬tional nuclear security’ (with Ben Rhode and Shen Dingli, Survival 52: 3, 2010); ‘Silent partnership: the G-8’s nonproliferation program’ (with Alan Heyes, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 66: 2, 2010); Libya and nuclear proliferation: stepping back from the brink (2006); and The politics of ballistic missile non-proliferation (2000). He was a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency from 2001 to 2007, served as a weapons inspector with the UN Special Commission in Iraq from 1997 to 1998 and is currently a member of the International Nuclear Security Education Network.

Paul Cornish is Professor of International Security at the University of Bath. He was Carrington Professor of International Security and Head of the International Security Programme at Chatham House from 2005 to 2011, having previously been Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London from 2002 to 2005. He has taught at the University of Cambridge and at the Joint Services Staff College and has served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Army. His work covers national strategy, counterterrorism, the ethics of the use of armed force, arms control and non-proliferation, cyber security and the future of international security. He is a member of the Chief of the Defence Staff ’s Strategic Advisory Panel and is a frequent commentator on national and international media.

Matthew Cottee is a doctoral candidate at King’s College London in the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), Department of War Studies, where he is being funded under a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. His doctoral research explores the evolution of the ‘nuclear security’ regime and changing perceptions of the threat posed by nuclear terrorism. He has conducted research on nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security issues, including fieldwork in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, for projects run by CSSS and the Interna¬tional Centre for Security Analysis at King’s with funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, respectively. He is a participant in the Nuclear Scholars Initiative run by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies.

Andrew M Dorman is Professor of International Security at King’s College London ( Joint Services Command and Staff College) and is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. His research focuses on decision-making and the utility of force, with a particular interest in British defence and security policy and European security institutions. He has been awarded research grants by the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, the Ministry of Defence and the US Army War College. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, qualifying in 1990 before returning to academia. He has previously taught at the University of Birmingham and at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

Timothy Edmunds is a Reader in International Politics at the University of Bristol and has held previous academic positions at the University of Nottingham, International Institute for Strategic Studies, King’s College London and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. He has published widely on issues of civil–military relations and security sector reform in post-communist Europe, the western Balkans (particularly Croatia and Serbia) and more recently the UK, including nine books and numerous articles in academic journals. He is author of Security sector reform in transforming societies (2007) and co-author of Out of step: the case for change in the British armed forces (with Anthony Forster, 2007).

Anthony Forster is Professor of Politics in the School of Government and Interna¬tional Affairs, Durham University. He has published widely on European foreign and security policy and civil–military relations, including ‘The military covenant and British civil–military relations’ (Armed Forces and Society 38: 2, 2012); ‘The military, war and the state’ (Defense and Security Analysis 27: 1, 2011); Out of step: the case for change in the British armed forces (co-authored with Timothy Edmunds, 2007); and Armed forces and society in Europe (2006).

Ellen Hallams is a lecturer in Defence Studies at King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College of the UK Defence Academy. From April to June 2012 she will be a Research Associate at the Norwegian Insti¬tute of Defence Studies in Oslo. Her most recent book is The United States and NATO since 9/11: the transatlantic alliance renewed (2010). Her peer-reviewed articles include ‘NATO at 60: going global?’ (International Journal 64: 2, 2009) and ‘From crusader to exemplar: Bush, Obama and the reinvigoration of America’s soft power’ (European Journal of American Studies 1, 2011). She is currently co-editing a book entitled The Atlantic alliance in a decade of war (with Luca Ratti and Ben Zyla, forthcoming 2013) and is also working on a US Army War College funded project entitled Forging a new transatlantic bargain? US leadership of the Atlantic alliance during the Obama presidency.

Christopher Hobbs is a Research Fellow at King’s College London in the Centre for Science and Security Studies, Department of War Studies. A physicist by training, he is currently funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship to conduct research on nuclear security issues. His recent research has focused on policy options for protecting the ‘intangible’ aspects of nuclear security, such as knowledge relevant to nuclear weapons manufacture. He is a member of the World Institute for Nuclear Security and the International Nuclear Security Education Network. In January 2012 he organized an international professional development course in nuclear security education. Prior to taking up his current fellowship he was Deputy Director of the International Centre for Security Analysis at King’s College London from September 2007 to August 2010.

Jeffrey Mankoff is a visiting fellow at both the Center for Strategic and Interna¬tional Studies in Washington DC and Columbia University in New York City, and the author of Russian foreign policy: the return of Great Power politics (2009). He was a 2010–11 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow based in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State. From 2008 to 2010, he was Associate Director of International Security Studies at Yale University and adjunct fellow for Russia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he was a John M. Olin National Security fellow at Harvard University, a Henry Chauncey Fellow in Grand Strategy at Yale University, and a fellow at Moscow State University.

Suzanne C Nielsen is a Colonel in the US Army and an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the US Military Academy at West Point. An intelligence officer by background, she has served in the United States, Germany, the Balkans, Korea and Iraq. Her research interests include change in military organizations, civil–military relations and national strategy. Her books include American national security, sixth edition (co-authored with Amos Jordan, William Taylor Jr and Michael Meese, 2009), and American civil–military relations: the soldier and the state in a new era (co-edited with Don Snider, 2009). Her most recent publication was An army transformed: the US Army’s post-Vietnam recovery and the dynamics of change in military organizations (2010). A distinguished graduate from the US Military Academy, she also holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Phil Orchard is a Lecturer in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland and a Research Fellow with the Asia– Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. His primary research focuses on international efforts to protect civilians and forced migrants. He is currently completing a book titled Refugees and the construction of international cooperation and, with Alexander Betts, an edited volume on Implementation in world politics: how norms change practice. His work has been published in the Review of International Studies, Global Responsibility to Protect and Refugee Survey Quarterly.

Benjamin Schreer is Deputy Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies at the Australian National University in Canberra. He is also managing editor of Security Challenges, Australia’s only peer-reviewed academic journal of defence studies. His current research interests are related to US defence policy in Asia–Pacific, NATO and Australian strategic policy. Previously, he worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, the University of Konstanz, and the Aspen Institute in Berlin. Recent publications include ‘More flexible, less coherent: NATO after Lisbon’ (co-authored with Timo Noetzel, Australian Journal of International Affairs 66: 1, 2012) and ‘The Korean crises and Sino-American rivalry’ (with Brendan Taylor, Survival 53: 1, 2011).

Geoffrey Sloan is a Lecturer in the School of Politics, Economics and International Relations, University of Reading. Prior to that, he was the Head of the Strategic Studies and International Affairs Department at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. He has also been a Defence Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford. His research interests cover the fields of military doctrine, intelligence and geopol¬itics. His publications include: Geopolitics, geography and strategy (co-edited with Colin Gray, 1999); Geopolitics in United States strategic policy 1890–1987 (1988); and The geopolitics of Anglo–Irish relations in the twentieth century (1997). The last was short-listed for the Royal United Service Institute’s Westminster Medal for Military Literature in January 1998. 

Trevor Taylor is Professorial Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute where he heads the Defence, Industries and Society Programme, and Professor Emeritus at Cranfield University where he still teaches.  He is also an Adjunct Faculty member of the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He was formerly Cranfield’s Head of the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham; Head of the International Security Programme at Chatham House; and Professor of International Relations at Staffordshire University. For six years he was an elected Council Member of the Defence Manufacturers’ Association and was in the first part of the 1990s elected Vice Chair and then Chair of the British International Studies Association.

David Wedgwood Benn is a former member of the BBC World Service and writer on international affairs, with particular reference to Russia.  He broadcast on the BBC Russian Service at various times from the 1950s to the present.  He is the author of two books on the Russian media:  Persuasion and Soviet politics (1989) and From glasnost to freedom of speech: Russian openness and international relations (1992).