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Professor Michael Clarke

Associate Director from Rusi, London

Michael Clarke is formerly the Director of the Royal United Services Institute, up until 2015 when he retired from the role. Until July 2007 he was the Deputy Vice-Principal and Director of Research Development at King's College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor of Defence Studies. He was the founding Director of the International Policy Institute at King's College London from 2001-2005 and Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at KCL in 2004-05. He was, from 1990 to 2001, the founding Director of the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) at King's. He was appointed as Professor of Defence Studies in 1995.

He has been a Guest Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, and a Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has been senior Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee 1995-7.

In 2004 he was appointed the UK member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2007 he was appointed as one of the Security Commissioners at the Institute for Public Policy Research. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister's National Security Forum in pursuit of the new National Security Strategy launched in 2008. He was appointed to the CDS’s Strategic Advisory Panel in 2010.

On Being Associate Director of SSI

I have been involved with the SSI since its inception and am very glad to have been so. The University of Exeter is an outstanding institution and the SSI fully lives up to all the traditions of university excellence that Exeter has long-established. The SSI is genuinely unique in the way it offers top-level tuition that is also sharply focussed on the policy end of security studies. It blends the need to understand the higher principles of security with the practical challenges of making complex decisions in the real world. It creates a tangible fellowship between the students who are enrolled on the elite MStrat course and it gives them an experience they certainly cannot get elsewhere. When I see each cohort of MStrat students I am always struck by just how hard-worked, and happy, they all are. And when I meet  ex-MStrat students in Whitehall, Parliament, the think tanks and the various institutions of the policy community, they always tell me that their Exeter experience was the best early-career, or mid-career, decision they ever made. I am proud to be associated with the SSI and the University of Exeter.

Professor Michael Clarke