Dr Andrew Futter

Senior Lecturer in International Politics



  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2703
  • 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. From September to December 2015, I was a Visiting Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.

I am a member of the cyber-nuclear security threats task force run by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, an Honorary Research Fellow in Nuclear Strategy at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham, and a member of the Euro-Atlantic Security next generation working group .  I am also currently a guest editor of The Nonproliferation Review.

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 and how emerging technologies are impacting nuclear strategy, stability and arms control.

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": a video of my thoughts on this topic can be found here: http://www.nonproliferation.org/cyber-threats-and-nuclear-weapons-2/

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", (New York & Basingstoke, Routledge: 2013, pb 2015) 230pp

Edited Books

The United Kingdom and Nuclear Weapons book cover"The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons", (New York, Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2016)


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), (London, Palgrave: 2015) 208pp


Journal Articles

  • "Questioning the Holy Trinity: why the US nuclear triad still makes sense", Comparative Strategy, 35:4 (forthcoming, 2016) (with Heather Williams)

Book Chapters

  • "The proliferation of nuclear weapons: dynamics, threats and challenges for Europe", chapter in Hugo Wyss & Hugo Meijer (eds), "The Handbook of European Armed Forces", (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2016)
  • "Chinese nuclear thinking: antecedents, current challenges and future trajectories", in M Kouhi-Esfahani (ed), Nuclear politics in Asia", (Routledge, forthcoming 2016) (with James Johnson)
  • “Plus ca Change? Reflecting on Obama’s nuclear agenda”, in M Bentley & J Holland (eds.), “The Obama doctrine: legacy and continuity in US foreign policy”, (Routledge: forthcoming: 2016) (with Jason Douglas)

Selected Professional Publications

  • "Cyberthreats and nuclear weapons", RUSI Occasional Paper, (forthcoming June 2016)
  • “The danger of using cyber attacks to counter nuclear threats”, Arms Control Today, (forthcoming, June 2016)
  • “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.

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