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Richard J. Aldrich

Professor of International Security
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

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

Richard Aldrich is currently on leave



Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and joined PAIS in September 2007. In 2019 he completed a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the "Future of Secrecy" in a world characterised by increasing access, exposure and transparency. He is also involved in a H2020 project on the Impact of Technological Transformations on The Digital Generation called DigiGen.

His main research interests lie in the area of intelligence and security communities. His most recent book is The Secret Royals co-authored with Rory Cormac which explores the interaction between intelligence, Buckingham Place and Downing Street.

Over the last few years he has led an AHRC project entitled "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. 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. Following on from this project 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

Aldrich helps to lead the Warwick Cyber Security GRP. He also maintains related interests in the future of cyber security, liberty and privacy, set against a background of accelerating globalization. In 2019, he completed a new Centenary edition of his history of GCHQ which was published by Collins.

He advises a number of governments 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 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 (New edition 2019)



Richard J Aldrich usually 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 - new module 2019

Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency: From Mao to the Ukraine PO972 - MA - term two

Ph.D. Supervision

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