Tom Waldman


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Research Interests

The politics of war, Clausewitz, Western military strategy, modern warfare, US foreign and security policy, proxy war.


Tom's research interests currently focus on contemporary war and strategy - in particular, the politics of war, American military strategy, and 'vicarious warfare'. His book - War, Clausewitz and the Trinity - interprets Clausewitz's theory of war and relates it to contemporary debates about the nature of modern conflict.

Tom was previously Lecturer at the University of York where he taught and worked extensively on issues of post-war recovery, conflict analysis and security sector reform. He has experience working in conflict-affected countries such as Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Tom has also published widely on strategy, warfare, Clausewitz, statebuilding, intra-state war, the research-policy nexus, and Afghanistan in peer-reviewed journals such as Survival, Contemporary Security Policy, International Affairs, Defence Studies, Parameters, Civil Wars, Journal of Statebuilding and Intervention and Conflict, Security and Development. He has also written policy reports and evaluations for the UK government and World Bank amongst others.

Tom is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Security Studies at the University of Hull, UK.


PICT212 - Modern Warfare

PICT850 - Strategic Thinking

PICT847 - Supervised Project in Security Studies 

HDR Supervision

Tom is available to supervise potential MRes and PhD students pursuing research projects in the following areas:

  • War studies, strategic studies, and defence studies
  • The character and dynamics of modern warfare
  • US foreign, security, or military affairs
  • Strategic narratives and communication issues in war
  • Proxy war, surrogate warfare, and security delegation 


Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of York

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2016

Politics and International Studies, PhD, University of Warwick


Research Methods in Politics/International Relations, Masters of Arts (Distinction), University of Sheffield

Sep 2004Sep 2005

International Studies, Master of Arts (Distinction), University of Sheffield

Sep 2002Sep 2003

History, BA Hons, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Sep 1999Jun 2002

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Projects 2019 2020

Research Outputs 2007 2019

Vicarious warfare: the counterproductive consequences of modern American military practice

Waldman, T., 3 Apr 2018, In : Contemporary Security Policy. 39, 2, p. 181-205 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Strategic narratives and US surrogate warfare

Waldman, T., 29 Jan 2019, In : Survival. 61, 1, p. 161-178 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Buy now, pay later: American military intervention and the strategic cost paradox

Waldman, T., 2019, In : Defence Studies. 19, 1, p. 85-105 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

military intervention

War, Clausewitz and the Trinity

Waldman, T., 2013, Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 203 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review



Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Thomas Waldman (Recipient), 13 Jan 2017

Prize: Other distinction

Security Policy

Activities 2011 2020 (External organisation)

Tom Waldman (Member)
15 Jan 2020 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of board

BISA 44th Annual Conference 2019

Tom Waldman (Participant)
14 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Australian Journal of International Affairs (Journal)

Tom Waldman (Reviewer)
8 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

I. B. Tauris (Publisher)

Tom Waldman (Reviewer)
11 Nov 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

I. B. Tauris (Publisher)

Tom Waldman (Reviewer)
1 Oct 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work