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Jonathan Marcus

Jonathan Marcus has had a long-standing career in broadcasting as a defence and foreign policy analyst. He joined the BBC World Service in 1985 and has worked across radio, television and on-line.

First employed to write about arms control, strategic issues and US foreign policy, he served as Defence Correspondent and subsequently as BBC Diplomatic Correspondent. For the past decade or so he has combined both roles.

Jonathan began as a correspondent just before the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and moved to the Diplomatic brief just after the end of the Iraq War which he covered from CENTCOM in Qatar. He reported on two wars in the Gulf and the western interventions in the Balkans. He has travelled extensively in western and eastern Europe; the wider Middle East and the United States.

Jonathan also retains a strong interest in domestic US politics: the future of the US city; and in populist and far Right politics in the US and Europe.  He holds a PhD from the University of Leeds, subsequently published as The National Front and French Politics: The Resistible Rise of Jean-Marie Le Pen. He has contributed dozens of articles to journals, including International Affairs; The World Today; The Washington Quarterly and  provided almost daily commentary and analysis for the BBC website since the early 1990ps. Jonathan has lectured at the SSI in the past and looks forward to becoming more involved in its activities.

 “In the 21st century world familiar reference points are disappearing and long-held attitudes changing. The Strategy and Security Institute with its emphasis upon practical analysis can help chart the way ahead in this unfamiliar international system.”