Intelligence, Security and Strategic Studies

The ISSS research group brings together scholars working in the broad areas of intelligence, security and strategic studies.

The group aims to bring together historical, theoretical and practical aspects of political research, and is closely linked with the Doctoral and MA programmes in the Department.

Members work on a variety of topics, including:

  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Policy
  • Security Studies
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Counter-Insurgency
  • Conflict Prevention
  • Energy Security
  • Great Power Politics
  • Rising powers

The group holds regular events and hosts a variety of speakers from academia and the policy world.


Dr Helen Dexter

Dr Andrew Futter

Mr Stephen Hopkins

Dr Tara McCormack

Dr Jon Moran

Professor Mark Phythian

Current Doctoral Researchers

  • Edmund Brown "How do failed states conduct diplomacy"
  • Ashley Cox "America's wars of choice"
  • Stephen Ellis "Middle East power balancing"
  • Mohammed Elmahdi "Libya and the Chemical Weapons Convention"
  • Bernard Fenech "The United Stated and China: Strategic Choices for the 21st Century"
  • Talat Farouq "US-Pakistan relations in the 1990s: the rise of the Taliban"
  • Gavan Gray "Japan's defence industry and its role in national security"
  • James Johnson "Sino-American Relations (2008-2012): Obama's Asia-Pacific Strategic 'Pivot' and 'Security Dilemma' Hazards"
  • Haro Libarid "Justice, order and humanitarian intervention: from Kosovo to Iraq"
  • James Mac Haffie "Security Communities and Regional Rivalries: The SCO as Institutional Constraint on Central Asian Security Cooperation"
  • Kamaran Murad "International law and self-determination for Kurdish minorities in Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria"
  • Jean Perois "What realism for which future"
  • Jabbar Saeed "British foreign policy towards Iraq 2003-2009"


We warmly welcome applications for Doctoral Research linked to the research areas mentioned above. For more information on the Department's PhD programme.


ISSS linked MA Degree Programmes

For more on the Department's campus and distance learning MA programmes.

Events & Announcements

Recently held events

  • Dr Sam Raphael (co-founder of The Rendition Project) spoke on The Rendition Project, 19th March 2014
  • 'Security by Remote Control' research seminar by Prof Paul Rogers (Bradford), on 5th February 2014
  • 'Of Maoists and Men: reflections of an academic in the middle of a peace process' research seminar by Prof Paul Jackson (Birmingham), on 27th November 2013
  • 'Law and intelligence in the Cold War: detention without trial in Hong Kong 1949-1971' research seminar by Prof Carol Jones (Wolverhampton), on 23rd October 2013
  • 'New Perspectives on Global Nuclear Order': Inaugural conference of the BISA Global Nuclear Order working group, held on Thursday 19th September 2013. For more information.
  • Our inaugural ISSS PhD research colloquium was held on 17th June 2013.
  • Air Chief Marshall Sir Brian Burridge gave a talk on the future of air power on 20th March 2013, 5pm Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1. For more information.
  • New Labour: A Retrospective - A one-day workshop held on 27th March 2013, which critically reflected on New Labour’s achievements in office: its successes, failures and the lessons that can be learned for the current Labour Party as it looks ahead to the 2015 general election. For more information.

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Department of Politics and International Relations
University of Leicester
University Road
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2702