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Professor Christoph Bluth

PositionProfessor of International Relations and Security
DepartmentPeace Studies

Research Interests (key words only)

International security studies, nuclear weapons policies and the prevention of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, Cold War History. Regional expertise in Russia and Eurasia, Pakistan, Iraq, Germany, and North East Asia (especially Korea). I am involved in a Leeds University initiative on terrorism and also the Korean Research Hub (University of Leeds and Sheffield)

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • International Relations and Security
  • Cold War History


My key area of work is in international security. Prior to coming to Bradford, I was Professor of International and European Studies at the University of Reading and subsequently Professor of International Studies at the University of Leeds

While at King's College London, I worked with Sir Lawrence Freedman and Robert O'Neill on the four-nation Nuclear History Programme, before taking up a lectureship in International Relations at the University of Essex. 

Study History

I studied at Trinity College Dublin and completed my Ph.D. at King’s College London in 1989 (‘Soviet Strategic Arms Policy Before SALT), 1989

Professional History

Research Fellow Department of War Studies, King’s College London, Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex, Professor of European and International Studies, University of Reading, Professor of International Studies, University of Leeds, Visiting Professor (Yonsei University, Seoul), Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Defense Analyses

Research Areas

International Security, Nuclear Weapons Policies and Non-Proliferation, Security on the Korean Peninsula, Pakistan and India strategic relations, Russia and Central Asia

Current Projects

My research focuses on the following sub-areas of my discipline (international relations and security): The study of the proliferation of nuclear weapons in general, the study of the security of the Korean peninsula, the geopolitics of Central Asia and Cold War History.

The in the field of nuclear proliferation generally arises from the perception that the failure of the academic community to developwork a coherent analytical framework to explain this phenomenon arises from the development of national security narrative within the academic and policy communities is based on a misperception of the fundamental characteristics of the contemporary international security environment and the historical development of proliferation. This gives rise to a fundamental critique of the established viewpoints and locates the phenomenon of proliferation in the asymmetric diffusion of international norms as opposed to the asymmetric distribution of power. This work is intended to be path-breaking in the sense that it rejects the existing consensus in the academic and policy communities and essentially turns the entire analysis of the phenomenon on its head. It has very far-reaching implications given that the use of military force is widely discussed as a means of countering proliferation and one major war (Iraq) has already ensued.



  • US Foreign Policy in the Caucasus and Central Asia: Politics, Energy and Security (I.B.Taurus 2013)
  • Crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Dulles Va, Potomac Books 2011
  • Hanbon do dilemma, Hanul Publishers, Seoul 2009
  • Hotspot Korea, Cambridge: Polity Press 2008, 204 pp.


  • “Farewell to the Six Party Talks? The Prospects for Denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula”, CERIS Journal, May 2012
  • “The Irrelevance of 'Trusting Relationships' in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Reconsidering the Dynamics of Proliferation”, British Journal of Politics & International Relations 14(1):115-130 2012
  • “Arms Control as Part of Strategy: the Warsaw Pact in MBFR Negotiations”, Cold War History, vol.12, no.2, May 2012, 245-268
  • Proliferation: Reassessing the Threat to Global Security”, The Korean Journal of Security Affairs, Vol.16 No.2, December 2011, 39-62
  • ‘The Security Dilemma Revisited: A Paradigm for international security in the 21st century?, The International Journal of Human Rights, (2010)
  • 'North Korea: How Will it End', Current History, Vol.109, No.728, September 2010, pp.237-243
  • 'Civilian Nuclear Cooperation and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons', International Security, Vol.35, No.1, 2010, pp.184-88 (Correspondence Section)
  • 'The Soviet Union and the Cold War: Assessing the Technological Dimension', The Slavic Journal of Military Studies, Volume 23, Issue 2, April 2010 , pages 282 - 305
  • ‘Toward Nuclear Superiority? US Strategic Nuclear Power in the 21st Century’, Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Vol.20, No.2, 2008


Country Expertise in asylum cases, impact on tribunal judgements such as in relation to a country guidance case on North Korea

In the News/Media

Frequent contributor to the media (BBC TV and Radio, The Daily Mirror, the Yorkshire Post, the Korea Herald)


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