A Contemporary Approach to World Security
Our Leadership Team
Professor Anthony King
Director, Strategy and Security Institute
Leading war studies expert Professor Anthony King has been appointed as the Director of the University of Exeter’s pioneering Strategy and Security Institute.
Professor King said: “I’m delighted to work with colleagues at the Strategy and Security Institute to continue its work as a leading policy-facing research centre in the UK.”
His inaugual lecture took place in December 2023, and you can view the recording here.
Dr David Blagden
Senior Lecturer in International Security
International politics is an anarchic realm that - unlike domestic politics - lacks a central authority capable of imposing security and order. As such, states must generate the power, guile, and strategic judgement to provide for their citizens’ security in a dangerous world. SSI was created to assist national security policymakers in fulfilling this grave task through theoretically rigorous yet practically applicable research and education. A decade on from its foundation, the Institute has established itself among the premier destinations for students and scholars intent on advancing international security through their understanding of prudent statecraft. View full profile.
Dr Martin Robson
MStrat Programme Director
The Strategy and Security Institute exists to train our future leaders to give us all a ‘wiser future’. We do this through an interdisciplinary approach to inculcate a strategically educated mindset amongst our students: to be practical problem solvers, and to see opportunities where others only see difficulties. To this mindset we add a unique blend of practical strategic ‘tools’ drawn from the business and security and defence sectors. Our approach is to ‘educate the mindset and teach the skillset’, allowing our students to apply their knowledge, skills and behaviours to the complex and multifaceted challenges of the contemporary and future world. View full profile.
Professor Frances Tammer
Professor of Strategy and Security
I joined the University in November 2022, having previously worked as a senior civil servant and leader in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Office. I bring to the Strategy and Security Institute my global strategic, policy, intelligence and operational experience, derived from working across Government and with NATO, the EU, the UN, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and multiple international partners and coalitions. In the UK I have serviced Prime Ministers, Ministers and the National Security Council and Parliament. On the international stage, I have worked with Ambassadors, Ministers, Military Heads and senior Civil Servants. Read more.
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MSc Global Security Studies
This MSc will provides training in the major issues in global security combined with a targeted focus on key vocational skills needed to analyse contemporary challenges and opportunities in the policy world, Find out more.
The Strategy and Security Institute's vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture incorporates people working across the whole spectrum of contemporary security issues. The international community of researchers and practitioners has an excellent record of winning external funding, and promoting collaboration and impact.
SSI Speaker Programme
For 2024 we're inviting leading contributors to strategic debates in this country to give a talk on their current work and area of expertise.
The talks will take place in Knightley building throughout the academic year, lasting around 60 minutes and followed by a 30 minutes discussion period.
The lectures will be recorded and are available here after the event.
Our next event is with James Kidner, Head of Partnerships at Rebellion Defence. Join us in the Knightley Building for his talk 'A practioner's view of issues from diplomacy and policy-making to technology and soft power'.
Full details for all of the talks will appear in our events calendar below.
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