Dr Andrew Futter

Senior Lecturer in International Politics



  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2703
  • Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082
  • Email: ajf57@leicester.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @andrewfutter
  • Room 1009 Attenborough Tower
  • Office Hours: by appointment


I joined the Department as a Lecturer in International Politics in January 2012, and in April 2014 was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer in International Politics.  Prior to this I was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham (where I completed my PhD in 2011) and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick.  During 2010, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington DC.

I am the co-convenor of the BISA Global Nuclear Order working group, an Honorary Research Fellow in Nuclear Strategy at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham, a member of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) run by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a Senior Analyst with the global geopolitical consulting firm Wikistrat.

In 2013 I was made a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Research Interests

My research is primarily concerned with contemporary nuclear weapons issues; including ballistic missile defence policy and the shifting nature of nuclear and strategic deterrence.

I am currently working on a a 3-year ESRC Future Research Leader's project looking at the link between cyber weapons and nuclear strategy, the main product of this will be a monograph provisionally entitled "Hacking the bomb: the cyber challenge to nuclear weapons".

I am also currently putting together edited books on "The UK and nuclear weapons" and "global nuclear order: power, problems and future".

Recent Publications


The Politics of Nuclear Weapons - by Dr Andrew Futter "The Politics of Nuclear Weapons", (London, SAGE: 2015) 272pp

Ballistic Missile Defence book cover


"Ballistic Missile Defence and US National Security: Normalisation and Acceptance after the Cold War", (Basingstoke, Routledge: 2013) 230pp

Edited Books

Book cover "Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs" edited by Dr Andrew Futter

"Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: transformation, evolution and lessons learnt" (with Jeffrey Collins), (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2015) 208pp


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Selected Professional Publications

  • “Where now for Ballistic Missile Defence: Opportunities and Constraints for the Obama Administration”, World Defence Systems, 12:1 (2009), pp.119-122 (with David Dunn)

I have also written widely for professional and trade publications, including The Conversation, World Politics Review, Argentia, City AM and NKnews.org.

Recent Research Activities

  • In February 2015, I gave a paper on "Hacking the Bomb" and participated in a roundtable on "The future of deterrence" at the International Studies Association conference in New Orleans; and in June, I organised and spoke on a roundtable about the UK and nuclear weapons at the BISA Annual Conference in London.
  • In January 2015, I co-organised the "Sex, Gender and Nuclear Weapons" workshop at the University of Leicester.
  • During 2014, I gave a papers on nuclear weapons and information warfare at the University of Bristol, on the future US extended deterrence requirements at the University of Bath, and on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent at the University of Birmingham; I participated in the UK-China nuclear dialogue in Changsha, China where I spoke about emerging techno-miltiary challenges to nuclear strategy; I gave remarks at the expert meeting on the future of European missile defence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland, and spoke at the the inaugural Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative meeting in Vienna.
  • During 2013, I gave a papers on future UK nuclear deterrence requirements at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, on the emerging geopolitical challenges facing missile defence at the RUSI International BMD Conference in London, on the historical narrative of missile defence at the International Studies Annual conference in San Francisco; organised the BISA Global Nuclear Order inaugural conference at the University of Leicester; provided evidence to the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee enquiry "Deterrence in the 21st Century" (with Ben Zala); and was a member of the UK delegation at the UK-China nuclear dialogue talks at Renmin University of China in Beijing and the Strand Palace Hotel in London.
  • During 2012, I co-organised the 'Trust, Cooperation and the global Nuclear Future' conference with Professor Nicholas Wheeler at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at Birmingham; participated in the CSIS Trilateral Track 2 Nuclear Dialogue in Paris, France; gave papers at the BISA US Foreign Policy Working Group Annual conference, the RUSI UK Project on Nuclear Issues annual conference (a video of the talk is available here), and at the University of Birmingham; and contributed to a roundtable at the Centre for Citizenship, Globalization & Governance, University of Southampton.
  • During 2011 I gave a papers on the rise of missile defence and the implications for US security at the Centre for Science and Security at Kings College London; on nuclear weapons policy under Obama at the BISA US foreign policy working group conference at the University of Oxford; and on non-nuclear challenges for nuclear rivalries at the Nuclear Rivalries conference at Aberystwyth University.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising doctoral projects looking at contemporary nuclear weapons issues.

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Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
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Email: politics@le.ac.uk