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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.


PICT1012 - Strategy and Security in the Indo-Pacific

PICT2012 - Modern Warfare

PICT8050 - Strategic Thinking

PICT8047 - 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

Award Date: 1 Oct 2016

Politics and International Studies, PhD, University of Warwick


Award Date: 22 Jun 2009

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

Sep 2004Sep 2005

Award Date: 10 Nov 2005

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

Sep 2002Sep 2003

Award Date: 16 Jan 2004

History, BA Hons, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Sep 1999Jun 2002

Award Date: 12 Jul 2002


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