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 will be a Visiting Scholar at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in Monterey, California.

I am 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 Nuclear Threat Initiative and 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 "Hacking the bomb: the cyber challenge to nuclear weapons".

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

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)
  • War Games redux? Cyber threats, US-Russian strategic stability and new challenges for nuclear security and arms control”, European Security, 24 (forthcoming, 2016)

Book Chapters

  • “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

  • “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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United Kingdom

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Email: politics@le.ac.uk