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Dr David Blagden

Senior Lecturer in International Security

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Knightley SSI

David Blagden is Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) and in the Department of Politics, having joined the University in 2015. He was previously the Adrian Research Fellow in International Politics at Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Dr Blagden’s scholarly publications have appeared in International Security, the European Journal of International RelationsSecurity Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Survival, International Affairs, Foreign Policy Analysis, and International Studies Review, among other outlets; he is also the editor (with Mark de Rond) of Games: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press, 2019). He holds a BA (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) and DPhil (International Relations) from the University of Oxford, an MA (International Relations) from the University of Chicago, and has won the Royal United Services Institute’s Trench Gascoigne Prize for original writing on defence and security.

Dr Blagden has worked in – and subsequently consulted for – the UK Cabinet Office, provided evidence for a number of Parliamentary Select Committees and HM Government policy reviews, and participated in various 'track-two' diplomatic exchanges. As Academic Lead for the University's research partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence's Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, he is a regular participant in the Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Forum. He also serves as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords' International Relations and Defence Committee, and has consulted for several other UK/allied government departments/agencies, military commands, think-tanks, private firms, and political campaigns. In terms of popular media contributions, he has provided commentary for the BBC, been quoted in the UK and US national press, and written for The Guardian, The Spectator, the New Statesman, The Conversation, The Critic, and War On The Rocks. He is also an officer in the Royal Naval Reserve and, prior to his doctoral study, was an analyst with the London-based country risk advisory firm BMI Research (now part of Fitch Group).

At Exeter, he serves as SSI's Head of Research Engagement and one of the Department's Undergraduate Senior Tutors, as well as on the core teaching/convening staff of the Institute's intensive MStrat programme. A Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Dr Blagden is additionally a Visiting Fellow of the Royal Navy Strategic Studies Centre, an Associate of the Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, a Member of the UK Project on Nuclear Issues, part of the US 'Bridging the Gap' Project's Scholar Network, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Global Security Studies. His research focuses on the following areas, and he is happy to consider applications for MPhil/PhD supervision on topics that fall within these and related fields.

  • The causes and consequences of the rise of new great powers
  • UK/allied foreign and defence policy (particularly in the context of European geopolitics and the return of multipolarity)
  • The security implications of economic globalization
  • Nuclear strategy (particularly deterrence, coercion, and disarmament/rearmament dynamics)
  • Navies and sea power
  • Domestic political and economic pressures on strategic behaviour
  • Realist international relations theory (particularly war causation, balancing theory, and offence-defence theory)
  • Philosophy of science and its implications for international-political thought.

 

Research interests

  • The causes and consequences of the rise of new great powers
  • UK/allied foreign and defence policy (particularly in the context of European geopolitics and the return of multipolarity)
  • The security implications of economic globalization
  • Realist international relations theory (particularly war causation, balancing theory, and offence-defence theory)
  • Nuclear strategy (particularly deterrence, coercion, and disarmament/rearmament dynamics)
  • Navies and sea power
  • Domestic political and economic pressures on strategic behaviour
  • Philosophy of science and its implications for international-political thought

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