Dr Andrew Futter

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

BA (BHAM), MA (KCL), MRes (BHAM), PhD (BHAM)

AFutter

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

Background

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.

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, and a member of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) run by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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 "Information warfare and nuclear command and control".

Recent Research Activities

  • In May 2014, I gave a paper on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent at the University of Birmingham, and participated in the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative meeting in Vienna.
  • In April 2014, I gave a paper on future US extended deterrence requirements at the University of Bath.
  • 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.

Recent Publications

Books

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

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

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, and NKnews.org.

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