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The Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) unites  high profile academics from University of Exeter disciplines including Politics, Arab and Islamic Studies, International Relations, and Business and Leadership plus visiting experts, academics and practitioners from other institutions and organisations.

The SSI harnesses a wealth of experience through its Advisory Board and its network of Honorary Professors and Fellows. These experts bring practical global experience from across the spectrum of politics, the military, the diplomatic corps, the intelligence services and from government. This network, coupled with strong links to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), gives the SSI extraordinary breadth and depth. 

Lieutenant General (Retd) Professor Sir Paul Newton KBE Director
Professor Doug Stokes Professor in Strategy and Security and Head of Planning and Development
Dr Martin Robson MStrat Programme Director
Dr David Blagden Senior Lecturer in International Security 
Dr Stephanie Blair Independent Conflict and Stabilisation Advisor, Former Senior Civil Servant
Professor Jamie Shea CMG Honorary Professor & Consultant to SSI
Professor Michael Clarke Associate Director, a former Director RUSI, London
The Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP Former Secretary of State for Defence (2009-2010)
Sir Jonathon Band Former First Sea Lord (professional head of the Royal Navy)
Mr Victor Chavez CBE Defence, Security & Technology Consultant
Sir Stewart Eldon Former Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to NATO
Lord Evans of Weardale Former Director General of the Security Service (MI5)
Sir David Omand Former Director GCHQ and then Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and the MOD
The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Pattie Senior Partner of Terrington Management and former Minister of State for Defence Procurement
Mr Andrew Pringle CB CBE President, International Government, Defence and Support Services at Kellogg Brown & Root
Sir John Scarlett Advisor at Morgan Stanley, former Chief of Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Mr Robin Southwell Former Chief Executive Officer of EADS UK
The Lord Stirrup Former Chief of Defence Staff and Member of the House of Lords
Sir Kevin Tebbit Former Director GCHQ and Permanent Under-Secretary of State for the MOD
Major General (Retd) Kevin Abraham Director of AWCTS Limited
Professor Vlado Azinovic Professor at the Department of Peace and Security Studies, University of Sarajevo
Dr Stephanie Blair Independent Conflict and Stabilisation Advisor, Former Senior Civil Servant
General Sir Nick Carter Former Chief of Defence Staff
Professor Malcolm Chalmers Research Director / Director, UK Defence Policy Studies at RUSI
Professor Michael Clarke Director, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Mr David Chinn Director in McKinsey London Office
Rear Admiral Malcolm Cree

Honorary Associate Professor

Sir Jon Day

Former Chairman Joint Intelligence Committee

Sir Ciarán Devane Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace & Social Relations at Coventry University
Edward Dinsmore Director Army Reform
General Sir James Everard Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Allied Command Operations
Dr Jonathan Eyal Senior Research Fellow / Director, International Studies at RUSI
Lord General Nicholas Houghton Constable of the Tower of London
Dr Roger Hutton Former Director International Security, UK MOD
Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis Chairman of the House of Commons Defence Committee
Dr Jonathan Marcus Diplomatic & Defence Correspondent
Sir David Omand   Former UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator and Head of GCHQ 
Sir Hugh Orde International policing consultant 
General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus Partner, KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute 
Professor Patrick Porter Professor of International Security & Strategy, University of Birmingham
Lord Richards of Herstmonceux Former Chief of the Defence Staff 
The Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC Honorary Fellow 
Sir John Scarlett Former Chief of MI6. Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley 
Professor Michael Schmitt

Professor of International Law, University of Reading

Professor Jamie Shea CMG

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges NATO

Dr Robert Sullivan

Deputy Director - Health Safety & Environmental Protection Policy, Ministry of Defence

Tom Tugendhat MBE MP

Chair of the influential Foreign Affairs Select Committee

General Sir Peter Wall Former Chief of the General Staff 
Sir Myles Wickstead Visiting Professor
Theodora Adekunle Senior Political Officer, Operations Division at NATO
Professor Tarak Barkawi Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics
Sir Anthony Brenton Diplomat, former Ambassador to Russia, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

Diplomat, former Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Malcolm Craghill  Senior Teaching Fellow in Strategic Studies, University of Portsmouth
Mr Edward Ferguson Minister Counsellor Defence, British Embassy, Washington DC
Mr Robert Fox

Journalist and Defence Correspondent

Dr David Jackson Co Director of Veteran to Veteran (Turning it around)
Joelle Jenny Director, Joint Funds Unit, UK Cabinet Office
Will Jessett Director, Strategy Development Group, SC Strategy Ltd
Jon Key

Founder & Managing Director of Key & Co Ltd, Business Enhancement

James Kidner

Head of Partnerships at Rebellion Defence

Mark Laity Senior Director, The StratCom Academy
Mr Andreas Naumann Managing Director, Global Head of Relationship Management, Moody's Investors Service
Mr William Nye General Secretary to the Archbishops' Council and General Synod of the Church of England
Sir William Patey   Diplomat, former Ambassador to Afghanistan
Simon Pender Deputy Director, Cabinet Office
Dr Mark Pyman Managing Editor 'Curbing' and Senior Fellow, Institute of Statecraft

Dr Maja Savić-Bojanić

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology
Major General (Retd) Andrew Sharpe Executive Vice President, IR Consilium 
Lieutenant General (Retd) Sandy Storrie   Former soldier and Director, Rule 3 Consulting Ltd
Mr Richard Thompson Former Foreign Office and more recently Chief Constable of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary 
James de Waal Senior Consulting Fellow in the International Security Department of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Sir Rob Wainwright  Senior Partner and head of Deloitte's North-West Europe cyber security practice
Lt Col Jonathan Williamson

 Defence Attache British Embassy Sarajevo

Mr Richard Wylde

Control Risks’ Director Government and Defence

Ms Caroline Wyatt

BBC Journalist

Professor Malcolm Chalmers RUSI
Dr Jonathan Eyal RUSI
Professor Tony King Professor of War Studies, University of Warwick
Jake Moores Honorary Professor in Leadership, Plymouth University
Dr Andrew Rathmell International Security Consultant
Professor Mike Schmitt  Professor of International Law
Steve Tatham  Specialist in Strategic Communication
Morgen Witzel Fellow of The Business School
Crown Media Media Simulation and Training
Dr Stephane Baele Politics 
Dr Katharine Boyd Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology 
Professor Achim Brucker Chair in Cybersecurity
Dr Gareth Curless History 
Mr Richard Edwards Law 
Professor Robert Gleave Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Professor William Harvey The Business School 
Professor John Heathershaw Politics 
Mr Alex Janes The Business School 
Professor Janice Kay Provost
Dr Kubo Mačák Law 
Professor Steve McCorriston The Business School
Dr Weeda Mehran Politics
Dr Klejda Mulaj Politics 
Dr Farah Mihlar Politics
Professor Richard Overy History
Dr Brieg Powel Politics
Dr Debra Ramsay Film Studies
Professor Brian Rappert Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Professor Jason Reifler Politics
Bill Russell Business School
Professor Michelle Ryan Psychology
Dr Aurel Sari Law 
Dr Darren Schreiber Politics
Professor Ruth Sealy The Business School 
Dr Mohammed Shareef  Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies 
Dr Yanan Song Politics 
Professor Doug Stokes Politics
Dr Lise Storm Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies  
Professor Martin Thomas History
Dr Catarina Thomson Politics 
Professor Michael Winter Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute 
Morgen Witzel Writer, editor and consultant


Tallha Abdulrazaq
Iraqi military strategy
Yasir Ak - Affiliated PhD Student

PhD student with the Environment and Sustainability Institute at Penryn Campus.

John Bailey The utility of social science in enhancing military capacity building programmes in an era of persistent engagement
Tobias Borck Security and Stability in the Middle East
Patrick Bury

Patrick completed his ESRC funded PhD in September 2016, Patrick's thesis was 'examining the Transformation of the British Army Reserve' and will be published as a book in 2019.  Patrick is currently a Lecturer in Defence and Strategic Studies at the University of Bath.

Maria Chiara Slucca
Drone warfare
Emily Clifford Killing, Caring and Counterinsurgency: French Legacy in the Sahel from a Feminist Perspective
Haluk Dogan
The resurgent opposition in post-Soviet Russia's relations with the West
Leanne Fuller Growing Double and Deutero-loop learners: An analysis of the British Army's efforts to inculcate a learning culture amongst junior officers
Sqn Ldr Dan Lydiate

How can UK Defence assure the strategic relevance of British air power through the delivery of holistic DCO? 

Salem Osseiran The information environment in military strategy
Noel Trew Noel completed his thesis on 'Proportionality calculations under the Law of Armed Conflict' in 2017 and graduated from University of Exeter in 2018. Noel recently joined the International Law Department at the British Red Cross's head office in London.
Kit Waterman - Affiliated PhD Student
American force influences over international economic relationships and US financial markets
Dukhee Yun - Affiliated PhD Student  “By the Length of Their Pikes”: Realities and Perceptions of Early-Modern British Infantry Combat, 1642-1783
Captain Mike Crofts RTR The law and ethics of training indiginous forces
Debbie Ironside-Smith Strategy & Security Institute Manager
Laura Bell Strategy & Security Institute Administrator