Dr Rob Dover FHEA

Dr Robert DoverAssociate Professor in Intelligence and Security

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Personal details

BA, MA (Nottingham), PhD (Bristol), PGCAP (KCL)


I am currently working on three themes:

  • Information conflict, disinformation and hybrid warfare.
  • The government's use of intelligence, and the utilisation of open source challenge in intelligence assessments
  • Post-Brexit defence capability.



(forthcoming 2021) Hacker, Influencer, Faker, Spy: Intelligence in the Internet Age, Hurst and Company, 2021.

The Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk and Intelligence (edited with Huw Dylan and Michael S. Goodman) Palgrave, August 2017.

The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies (edited with Michael S. Goodman and Claudia Hillebrand) Routledge: Abingdon, August 2013.

Learning From the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (Georgetown University Press) October 2011, co-edited with Michael Goodman (KCL). Reviewed in: The Morning Star, and by Huw Bennett, in International Affairs, Vol.88, No.4, pp.921-22.

Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence, (Hurst & Company and Columbia University Press), June 2009, co-edited with Michael Goodman (KCL), reviewed in Intelligence and National Security, Vol.27/4 2012.

The Europeanization of British Defence Policy 1997-2005 (published July 2007) – which has been reviewed in ‘Survival’, ‘Political Studies Review’, ‘Journal of Contemporary European Studies’, ‘Millennium’ and the ‘EUSA Review’. This was my PhD thesis, which I extended and edited into book form.


Journal articles:

(with Richard Aldrich), "Cryptography and the Global South: secrecy, signals and information imperialism", Third World Quarterly, 2020, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01436597.2020.1793665

"Adding value to the intelligence community: what role for expert external advice?", Intelligence and National Security, 2020, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2020.1793060

"SOCMINT: a shifting balance of opportunity", Intelligence and National Security, 2020, DOI: 10.1080/02684527.2019.1694132

(with Joe Devanny, Michael Goodman and Sir David Omand), Why the British Government Must Invest in the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts, The RUSI Journal, 164/6, 2019, pp78-89.

(with Michael Goodman), "Impactful scholarship in intelligence: a public policy challenge", British Politics, 13(3), 2018, pp.374-391.

(with John Gearson) "Homes for Heroes? Assessing the Impact of the UK’s Military Covenant", Defence Studies, 17/1, 2017, pp. 115-134.

"Fixing Financial Plumbing: Tax, Leaks and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Europe", The International Spectator, Vol.51, No.4, 2016, pp.40-50.

Regulation by Revelation: The Opportunities and Challenges of Information Control in an Intelligence Era.", The SAIS Review of International Affairs, 36/2, 2016, pp103-113.

‘The World’s Second Oldest Profession: The Transatlantic Spying Scandal and its Aftermath’, The International Spectator, Vol.49, No.2, 2014, pp.117-133.

(with Wyn Bowen and Michael S. Goodman), ‘Intelligence and Nuclear Proliferation: An Introduction to the Special Edition’, Intelligence and National Security, Vol.29, No. 3, 2014, pp.315-323.

(Co-authored with Mark Phythian), The Politics of the SDSR: Centralisation and Cuts, The Political Quarterly, Vol.83, Number 1, 2011, pp.163-171.

(Co-authored with Mark Phythian), Lost over Libya: The 2010 Strategic Defence and Security Review – an obituary, Defence Studies, Vol.11, Number 3, 2011,pp.420-444.

‘Britain, Europe and Defence in the Post-Industrial Age’, in Defence and Security Analysis, Vol.27, No.1, March 2011, pp.19-30.

The EU’s Immigration Policy. A Securitization Too Far’, Journal of European Integration, 30 (1), 2008, pp. 113-130.

‘For Queen and Company – The Role of Intelligence in the UK’s Arms Trade’. Political Studies, 55 (4), 2007, 683-708). (Winner of the PSA’s Wilfrid Harrison Prize, awarded April 2008; Recommended in the 2007 reading guide of the think-tank ‘Analyst Centre’; and it was reprinted in a virtual issue of Political Studies as a special issue dedicated to Harrison Prize winners. More recently, it was cited in a sustained way throughout a piece by Jeremy Horder titled, ‘On her Majesty’s Commercial Service: Bribery, Public Officials, and the UK intelligence services, The Modern Law Review, 74(6), pp.911-931.

The EU’s Joint Actions on Anti-Personnel Mines and Unexploded Ordnance: Finding a Security Policy Identity’. European Foreign Affairs Review, Vol.11, No.4, 2006, pp.401-17.

‘A Silent Debate: The Role of intelligence in the UK Arms Trade’ – –International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, Vol.19, No.1, 2006, pp.110-119.

The Prime Minister and Core Executive: A Liberal Intergovernmentalist reading of the Europeanization of British defence policy (1997-2000)’ –British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.7, No.4, 2005, pp.508-525

‘The EU and the Bosnian Civil War 1992–95: The Capabilities–Expectations Gap at the Heart of EU Foreign Policy’ – European Security, Vol.14, No.3, 2005, pp.297-318.

Significant policy pieces:


Bringing transparency, coordination and convergence to corporate tax policies in the European Union. Part II: Evaluation of the European Added Value of the recommendations in the ECON legislative own-initiative draft report‘ (with Erik Jones) a study for the European Parliament (January 2016)

‘Bringing transparency, coordination and convergence to corporate tax policies in the European Union. Part I: Assessment of the magnitude of aggressive corporate tax planning‘ (with Erik Jones, Silvia Merler), a study for the European Parliament (November 2015)

‘The role of the EU in promoting a broader transatlantic partnership (with Erik Jones), a study for the European Parliament (February 2013).

‘Defence and Security in a Cold Economic Climate: The Impact on Conflict and Competition’, in Chris Donnelly (Ed), The British Army 2012, NewsDeskMedia/MoD, June 2012.

May 2012 (with Justin Frosini) – ‘The Extraterritorial Effects of Legislation and Policies in the EU and US‘, European Parliament Study.

September 2010 – February 2011 – Principal Researcher – ‘The HERO Review’. This was a review exploring the management and future of the defence estates, run out of the KCL’s Centre for Defence Studies.

June 2010 – European Parliament – Transatlantic Security – including a presentation to US Congress people and MEPs in Madrid, June 2010.

2006 – ‘EU Foreign Policy and Sub-Saharan Africa’, European Parliament: Brussels

2005 -‘Joint Actions concerning Anti-Personnel Landmines’, European Parliament: Brussels

2005 – ‘Ways and means to enhance ACP parliaments’ role in the formulation of the Country Strategy Papers (CSP) and parliaments’ oversight of the utilisation of the European Development Funds (EDF), especially in the context of budget support’, European Parliament: Brussels


My research has primarily been concerned with issues of intelligence and international security. I have had several main pillars of focus. These have included:

  • the impact intelligence has on aspects of government and private business
  • the politics of defence policy and defence reform
  • more recently, the operation of power politics in the transatlantic area and of the operation of hybrid warfare

I also have a long-standing interest in the study of the international arms trade, and its relationship to political power.

I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intelligence History and SageOpen.

Michael Goodman, Richard Aldrich and I form the editorial board for the Hurst series on Intelligence and Security.


I am interested in supervising projects in the broad areas of security studies, defence and intelligence studies.

I am currently supervising the following projects:

  • Shama Junejo: “From a Promise of Prosperity to Inevitable Demise? The case of Pakistan”
  • Sana Rahim: “Western Security Discourse and Nuclear weapons: The Experience of Pakistani Nuclear Physicists
  • Trooper Sanders: Legislative War Powers and the Strategic Notice Value of Open Source Intelligence.
  • Tunji Namaiko: "State of Conflict Prevention in Africa: An analysis of collaboration between the African Union (AU) and African Regional Economic Communities’ (RECs) Early Warning Systems:A comparative study of AU-CEWS, COMESA, ECOWAS and IGAD"
  • Eduard Abrahamyan: "Stages and Motives of NATO Strategy Evolution and Adaptation in the Black Sea region (2004-2016)"
  • Emmeline Ledgerwood: "Re-evaluating the 1980s and 1990s Through Life Histories: Politics, Privatisation and the Culture of Government Research"
  • David Caudill: “Doomed from the Beginning: A Post-Mortem Assessment of the War Powers Resolution of 1973"
  • Dheeraj Paramesha Chaya: "Strategic Intelligence in India through the Case Studies of the 1962, 1971 and 1999 Wars"
  • Natalie Haboush: "US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Juxtapositions of the Arab Spring"
  • Cindy Cao: "The EU and Cambodia: Normative Power"
  • Foteini Panagiotopoulou: "Migrant Organisational Networking, Cooperation and Political Action in Europe"
  • Greg Olsen: "The Determinants of Peacekeeping Success".
  • Sana Amin: "The Security Paradox of the Arab states: An Empirical Study of State Security Activism in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Iraq and its Effect on Individual and Collective violence"
  • Rachael Griffiths: "An examination of Defence Planning during the period 1998 to 2018: are military capabilities within the equipment plan and the capability planning process still an appropriate methodology; do they help or hinder the realisation of national security policy?"
  • Tim Dickens, "Structured Analytical Techniques in Intelligence Assessments".



  • Dr Lorenzo Cladi: "The EU as a balancing power in transatlantic relations: structural incentives or deliberate plans?"
  • Dr Simon Smith: "The European Union and NATO Beyond Berlin Plus: the institutionalisation of informal cooperation"
  • Dr Mika Obara-Minnitt: "Governmental justification for capital punishment in Japan: case study of the de facto moratorium period from 1989 to 1993"
  • Dr Michiel Van-Ingen: "Rethinking conflict studies: towards a critical realist approach"
  • Dr Lena Sucker: "A transnational proposition: exploring cross-border cooperation among research institutes in foreign and security policy across wider Europe"
  • Dr Justyna Janicka: "Processes of international norm diffusion – international society and local agents: Displaced Persons in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina"
  • Dr Ann George: “China’s military rise since 2013 and Indian responses”
  • Dr Mudassir Farooqi: “Symbolic borders, hegemonic behaviors and terrorism: A social entrepreneurship approach”
  • Dr Okhan Erciyas: "The British Government's Attitude Towards Iran (1968-1979)"

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