Dr Andrew Futter
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
BA (BHAM), MA (KCL), MRes (BHAM), PhD (BHAM)
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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 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).
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".
"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
"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 (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)
- "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)
- “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)
- "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
- "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.