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Richard J. Aldrich

Professor of International Security
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Leverhulme Major Research Fellow

Email: r dot j dot aldrich at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: 02476 523523
Room: E1.11


Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and joined PAIS in September 2007. In September 2016 he began a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the "Future of Secrecy" in a world characterised by increasing access, exposure and transparency.

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 Downing Street. This was published by Collins and you can hear him talking about it in February 2019 at Keele World Affairs by clicking on the news link on the right.

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. More recently he joined with his colleague Chris Moran to write an essay on Donald Trump and his relationship with the CIA for Foreign Affairs.

Research interests

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 2019, he completed a new Centenary edition of his history of GCHQ which was published by Collins and helps to lead the new Warwick Cyber Security GRP.

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 since 2013.

He was co-editor of the journal Intelligence and National Security for eight years and now co-edits the companion book series Studies in Intelligence with Christopher Andrew.

Resources for Secret Intelligence: A Reader


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, Jason Dymydiuk and Sarah Mainwaring. Previous tutors who have helped to develop this module include Rory Cormac, Jules Gaspard, Dina Rezk, Daniela Richterova and Simon Willmetts.

Cybersecurity: War, Spies, Crime and Protest on the Internet PO9E6-20 MA-term one - a new module for 2019

Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency; PO972 - MA - term two

Ph.D. Supervision

For more information on my Ph.D. supervision, click here: