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Richard J. Aldrich

Professor of International Security, FRHist
Warwick Cybersecurity GRP co-lead

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 2019 he completed a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to investigate the "Future of Secrecy" in a world characterised by increasing technology and transparency. He is also involved in a H2020 project on the Impact of Technological Transformations on The Digital Generation called DigiGen and an ERC project called Demoseries on shaping democratic spaces.

His main research interests lie in the area of intelligence and security communities. His most recent research has focused on 'Project Spaceman' and looks at pioneering British efforts in the area of computer security and automatic data processing.

Over the last few years he has led a large AHRC project entitled "The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy" which received follow on funding. This involved a team of eight scholars at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick. 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 study 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 some of 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. Previous tutors who have helped to develop this module include Rory Cormac, Melina Dobson, Jason Dymydiuk, Jules Gaspard, Melina Dobson, Sarah Mainwaring, Dina Rezk, Daniela Richterova and Simon Willmetts.

Cybersecurity: War, Spies, Crime and Protest on the Internet PO9E6-20 MA-term two

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

Ph.D. Supervision

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