Richard J. Aldrich
Professor of International Security
Director of Research
Email: r dot j dot aldrich at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: 02476 574 074
Advice and feedback hours: Wednesdays 1.00 pm
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 Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee, a co-edited volume of documents published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014. Currently he is on research leave completing a co-authored book on intelligence and the UK core executive, 1909-1989.
He recently led a related 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 and film. 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.
He also maintains related interests in issues 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. He has recently completed a history of GCHQ which was published by Harper Collins in an updated paperback format in 2011.
Additional interests include contemporary history and how the past connects to the present. He advises a number of UK government departments on issues of records management, declassification and corporate memory.
Teaching and supervision
Please note that I am currently on study leave during the period 2014-2015.
Normally I teach on the following modules:
Nine Ideas of International Security: PO135 - BA Year 1 -term one. This is co-taught with Davinia Hoggarth
Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence: PO382 - BA Year 3 - both terms; This is co-taught with Dina Rezk.
Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency; PO972 - MA - term one
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; PO973 - MA - term two
For more information on my Ph.D. supervision, click here: