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NATO expert appointed to the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute

NATO senior official and international relations and security expert Professor Jamie Shea has joined the staff of the University of Exeter’s Strategy and Security Institute (SSI).

Professor Shea, who holds a DPhil from Oxford University, has worked at NATO for three decades, including as Director of Information and Press and Director of Policy Planning. He came to prominence as the NATO Spokesperson during the 1999 Kosovo War and has spent over a decade at the top of the organisation as Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges.

Professor Shea, who has served as an Honorary Fellow of the SSI, was praised by journalists around the world during the war in Kosovo for his accessibility and ability to disseminate information during his role as Spokesperson of NATO and Deputy Director of Information and Press. He has also served as assistant to the Secretary General of NATO for special projects; most notably speech  writing, ghost writing of articles, press releases, book chapters and official communiqués; advising the Secretary General on political and military issues and on his public communications strategy.

Professor Shea holds a number of academic positions in Europe and the United States and is a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs and on public diplomacy and political communication.

Professor Paul Newton KBE, Director of the Strategy and Security Institute, said: “We are delighted and honoured that Jamie has joined the teaching staff of the SSI. He has had a long and distinguished career and is respected around the world for his skill and experience.”

Professor Shea hopes especially to play a role in helping the Institute to obtain significant grants and awards to support its key research activities, and broader outreach to the strategic community of academics, think tanks and policy-makers.

Date: 16 March 2018