Dr Jon Moran

Associate Professor in Security

BA (York) MA (Manchester) PhD (Newcastle)

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2303
  • Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082
  • Email: jm457@leicester.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough Tower 1010

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of security studies, an interest which grew from work on political development and democratisation. I am interested in the continuing power of the state in the international system and specifically in the role of the state and military and intelligence agencies both domestically and internationally. I am also interested in issues of intelligence and security accountability. I remain interested in other areas of security and state power including the effect of democratisation on the state (including the role of intelligence agencies before and after democratisation) and types and patterns of elite corruption. I have conducted field research with police and security agencies and civil society activists in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, South Africa and East Asia.

Current Research

I am researching the role of 'remote warfare' in conflict in conjunction with the Remote Control project http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/ssp/remote_control_project

I wrote a Briefing Paper on understanding and evaluating Remote Warfare in 2015 for the Project. It is available here http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications/remote_control_project/remote_control_report_remote_warfare_rw_developing_framework_eva

I am currently researching the role of Special Operations Forces in 'Remote Warfare' for the Remote Control project.

Recent Research Activities

My last book was ‘From Northern Ireland to Iraq: British Military Intelligence Operations, Ethics and Human Rights’ which covers the role of army intelligence and special forces since the 1970s. http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409428978

Before that, I finished a book The Politics of (In)security: Crime and Corruption in New Democracies (Palgrave, forthcoming 2011). For three years I conducted training for the EU for security professionals on the reform of intelligence agencies as part of a programme on Security Sector Reform. In 2009 I was part of a team funded by the UK National Police Improvement Agency which reviewed academic and policy analyses of counter terrorism and other aspects of police effectiveness.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the areas of counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, corruption, anti-corruption, East Asian politics and history and most aspects of democratisation.

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Current PhD Students topics

Chinese Foreign Policy and the Gulf

Corruption Control in Hong Kong in the 1970s

Counter Terrorism in Africa: A Comparative Analysis

Criminalisation of Animal Rights Protestors (2nd supervisor)

Iraqi Perspectives on the US Occupation after 2003 (2nd supervisor)

Explaining Regional Stability in the Middle East (2nd supervisor)

The Kurdistan Regional Government: Prospects for Statehood

US Foreign Policy Towards the Gulf States: Continuity or Change?

US Foreign Policy towards Kurdistan 2003-2013


  • PL2017 Globalisation
  • PL3124 The Politics of Counter Terrorism
  • PL7161 Post Cold War World Order
  • PL7090 Counter Insurgency Since 1945

Most Recent Publications


Crime and Corruption in New Democracies Crime and Corruption in New Democracies: The Politics of (In)security (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011)

Policing the Peace in Northern Ireland Policing the Peace in Northern Ireland. Politics, Crime and Security after the Belfast Agreement (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008).

Intelligence, Security and Policing Post 9/11 Intelligence, Security and Policing post-9/11. The UK’s Response to the War on Terror (edited with Mark Phythian, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2008)

Corruption in the Developed World Corruption in the Developed World (edited with R. Williams and R. Flanary, Edward Elgar, 2000).

Selected Book Chapters

  • ‘Anti-Corruption Reforms in the Police: Current Strategies and Issues’ reprinted in Holmes, L. (ed) Police Corruption: Essential Readings (Edward Elgar 2014)
  • ‘Myths and misunderstandings about security, rights and liberty in the United Kingdom’ in Masferrer, A. and Walker, C (eds) Counter-Terrorism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law Crossing Legal Boundaries in Defence of the State (Edward Elgar 2013).
  • 'Border Security in the United Kingdom: A Contradiction in Terms?', in J. Winterdyk and K. Sundberg (eds) Border Security in the Al-Qaeda Era(London: Taylor and Francis, 2010).
  • 'Between Democracy and National Security. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service’ in M. Phythian, S. Farson, P. Gill & S. Shpiro (eds) PSI Handbook of Global Security and Intelligence: National Approaches: Volume 1 – The Americas and Asia (USA: Praeger, 2008).
  • 'The Role of the Security Services in Democratisation: South Korea’ in H. Born, L. Johnson and I. Leigh (eds.) Who’s Watching the Spies? Establishing Intelligence Service Accountability (Washington: Potomac, 2005).
  • A. Doig & J. Moran ‘Anti-Corruption Agencies’ in C. Fijnaut and L. Huberts (eds) Corruption, Integrity and Law Enforcement (Netherlands: Kluwer, 2002)

Selected Journal Articles


  • 'Conspiracy and contemporary history: revisiting MI5 and the Wilson plot[s]'  Journal of Intelligence History, Vol. 13 No.2 2014 pp.161-175



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