Dr Andrew Futter
Associate Professor in International Politics
BA (BHAM), MA (KCL), MRes (BHAM), PhD (BHAM)
- Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2703
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- 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).
My research is primarily concerned with contemporary nuclear weapons issues and how emerging technologies are impacting nuclear strategy, stability and arms control.
I recently completed a a 3-year ESRC Future Research Leader's project looking at the link between cyber weapons and nuclear strategy, a video of my thoughts on this topic can be found here.
My latest project looks at the impact of Advanced Conventional Weapons (ACW) on global nuclear order.
"Hacking the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Cyber Threats and the Incipient Digital Age" (under review at Georgetown University Press)
"The Politics of Nuclear Weapons", (London, SAGE: 2015) 272pp
"Ballistic Missile Defence and US National Security: Normalisation and Acceptance after the Cold War", (New York & Basingstoke, Routledge: 2013, pb 2015) 230pp
"The United Kingdom and the Future of Nuclear Weapons", (New York, Rowman & Littlefield: 2016) 244pp
"Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: transformation, evolution and lessons learnt" (with Jeffrey Collins), (London, Palgrave: 2015) 208pp
- "Questioning the Holy Trinity: why the US nuclear triad still makes sense", Comparative Strategy, 35:4 (2016) 246-259 (with Heather Williams)
- “Conventional prompt global strike: arms racing and strategic stability in a post-unipolar world”, The Nonproliferation Review, 22:3 (2015) 291-299 (with Benjamin Zala)
- “War Games redux? Cyber threats, US-Russian strategic stability and new challenges for nuclear security and arms control”, European Security, 24:2 (2016) 163-180
- "Trident replacement and UK nuclear deterrence requirements in an uncertain future", RUSI Journal, 160:5 (2015) 60-66
- "Iranian nuclear aspirations and strategic balancing in the Middle East", Middle East Policy, XXII:2 (2015) 80-93 (with Stephen Ellis)
- "Coordinating the arm swing with the pivot: nuclear deterrence, stability and US strategy in the Asia-Pacific", The Pacific Review, 28:3 (2015) 367-390 (with Benjamin Zala)
- "Advanced US conventional weapons and nuclear aboliton: why the Obama plan wont work", The Nonproliferation Review, 20:1 (2013) 107-122 (with Benjamin Zala)
- "The elephant in the room: US ballistic missile defence is thriving under Barack Obama", Defense & Security Analysis, 28:1 (2012) 3-16
- "NATO, ballistic missile defence and the future of US tactical nuclear weapons in Europe", European Security, 20:4 (2011) 547-562
- "Getting the balance right: US ballistic missile defence and nuclear non-proliferation", Comparative Strategy, 30:3 (2011) 254-267
- "Short-term tactical gains and long-term strategic problems: the paradox of the troop surge in Iraq", Defence Studies, 10:1-2 (2010) 196-215 (with David H Dunn)
- "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: 2016) (with Jason Douglas)
- "US nuclear weapons policy: from primacy to sufficiency" in M Bentley & J Holland, "Obama's foreign policy: ending the war on terror", (Routledge: 2013)
- "Obama's nuclear weapons policy in a changing world", chapter in LSE IDEAS Special Report, "The United States after Polarity", LSE IDEAS , (London: LSE IDEAS: 2011)
Selected Professional Publications
- "Global nuclear threats, missile defence and the Trudeau Government's defence review", On Track, (Summer 2016) (with Jeff Collins)
- "Cyberthreats and nuclear weapons", RUSI Occasional Paper, (July 2016)
- “The danger of using cyber attacks to counter nuclear threats”, Arms Control Today, 46:6 (July/August 2016)
- "The double edged sword: US command and control modernisation", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, (29 June 2016)
- “Is Trident safe from cyber attack?”, European Leadership Network Policy Brief, (5 February 2016)
- "Reflecting on the revolution in military affairs: implications for the use of force today", Valdai Club Discussion Papers #41, (January 2016)
- "War Games redux? Cyber threats, US-Russian strategic stability and future nuclear reductions", Deep Cuts Commission Issue Brief #6, (September 2015)
- "Cyber threats and the challenge of de-alerting US and Russian nuclear forces", Nautilus Institute Policy Forum, (June 2015)
- "Hacking missile defence: the cyber challenge to BMD", Missile Defense Review, (March 2015)
- "Hacking the bomb: assessing the cyber challenge to nuclear weapons", International Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, (February 2015)
- "A sustainable approach to nuclear zero: breaking the nuclear-conventional link", Oxford Research Group, (October 2013), (with Ben Zala)
- "Nuanced US deterrence: treating the symptoms of drivers of nuclear threats", RUSI Project on Nuclear Issues, (May 2012)
- "Why the latest US-Russian arms control agreement is only a START", The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, (29 June 2010)
- “Sensitive Rationalization or Overlooked Expansion? Obama’s New Missile Defence Plan for Europe”, BASIC Getting to Zero Papers, No13 (1st March 2010)
- “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 am interested in supervising doctoral projects looking at contemporary nuclear weapons issues.