Email: r dot j dot aldrich at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: 02476 523523
Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and joined PAIS in September 2007. His main research interests lie in the area of intelligence and security communities. His most recent book is The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers, co-authored with Rory Cormac which explores the interaction between intelligence and the UK core executive. This was published by Collins in April 2016.
Over the last few years he has led an AHRC project entitled "Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001" which received follow on funding. This involved a team of eight scholars at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick who examined the creation of the public record of the CIA in realms such as history, memoirs, novels, film and the press. The end of project conference took place at the University of Nottingham in the East Midlands Conference Centre and the full conference is now available as a podcast. Some of the work of the team was published in a special edition of the journal History.
He also maintains related interests in the future of cyber security, liberty and privacy, set against a background of accelerating globalization. These wider interests extend to developments in information technology, including public key cryptography. The technology of secrecy - particularly secure communications - has exerted an important but largely neglected influence upon the conduct of international relations. In 2010, he completed a history of GCHQ which was published by Collins and helps to lead the new Warwick Cyber Security GRP. In September 2016 he began a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the future of secrecy.
He advises a number of UK government departments on issues of records management, declassification and corporate memory. During 2015 and 2016 he assisted the German Bundestag inquiry into the NSA "Snowden" affair. He joined several people advising on parallel UK attitudes and developments and his report can be found here.
Teaching and supervision
Richard J Aldrich is currently on a Leverhulme Fellowship. Normally he teaches on the following modules:
Nine Ideas of International Security: PO135 - BA Year 1 - term one.
Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence: PO382 - BA Year 3 - both terms; This is co-taught with Melina Dobson, Jules Gaspard and Daniela Richterova. There are also visiting speakers.
Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency; PO972 - MA - term one
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; PO973 - MA - term two