Academics submit evidence to House of Commons Defence Select Committee

Posted by ap507 at Mar 28, 2014 11:35 AM |
Evidence submitted by Dr Benjamin Zala and Dr Andrew Futter included in new report
Academics submit evidence to House of Commons Defence Select Committee

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Evidence submitted by two University of Leicester academics has been included in a new report by the House of Commons Defence Select Committee.

The report on "Deterrence in the Twenty-first Century" discusses the views of Dr Benjamin Zala and Dr Andrew Futter from the Department of Politics and International Relations on the increasing role of advanced conventional weaponry in the US defence posture and its implications for Britain.

The submission focuses specifically on the increasing link between reducing America's reliance on nuclear weapons in favour of an increased role for ballistic missile defence and the "Prompt Global Strike" system and draws on their article published in the Nonproliferation Review last year. The publisher Routledge announced this week that the article was the journal's most widely read item last year. 

The inclusion of their evidence in the committee's report follows the publication of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee's report earlier this month on the UK's response to political instability in North and West Africa which also made reference to evidence submitted by Dr Zala.

Dr Futter teaches and researches on issues of nuclear weapons and defence strategy and is currently working on an ESRC-funded project on the links between cyber weapons and nuclear strategy. Dr Zala teaches courses on rising powers and modern strategy and publishes on issues of great power politics and international security.