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Professor Michael Clarke

Associate Director from RUSI, London

Michael Clarke is formerly the Director of the Royal United Services Institute, up until 2015 when he retired from the role. Until July 2007 he was the Deputy Vice-Principal and Director of Research Development at King's College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor of Defence Studies. He was the founding Director of the International Policy Institute at King's College London from 2001-2005 and Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy at KCL in 2004-05. He was, from 1990 to 2001, the founding Director of the Centre for Defence Studies (CDS) at King's. He was appointed as Professor of Defence Studies in 1995.

He has been a Guest Fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, and a Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has been senior Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee 1995-7.

In 2004 he was appointed the UK member of the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2007 he was appointed as one of the Security Commissioners at the Institute for Public Policy Research. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister's National Security Forum in pursuit of the new National Security Strategy launched in 2008. He was appointed to the CDS’s Strategic Advisory Panel in 2010.

On being Associate Director of SSI

“There’s never been a greater need for clear strategic analysis. The Strategy and Security Institute is a bold and innovative response to that need. I’m honoured to be involved at this formative stage; if we get this right, we can make an enormous difference to the strategic literacy of society’s future leaders.”

Professor Michael Clarke

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