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Professor Christoph Bluth

PositionProfessor of International Relations and Security
LocationPemberton P1.11
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Telephone01274 236845
EmailC.Bluth@bradford.ac.uk

Research Interests (key words only)

International security studies, terrorism and security in the Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Syria) nuclear weapons policies and the prevention of the spread of weapons of mass destruction, Cold War History. Regional expertise in Iraq, Russia and Eurasia, Pakistan, Germany, and North East Asia (especially Korea), patterns of trafficking from Vietnam. Particular focus on internal security in Iraq and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.

PhD Supervision

Terrorism and security, Iraq and the Kurdish Region of Iraq, Pakistan, East Asian Security, Korea, China.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Terrorism and Security, Contemporary International Relations, Cold War History

Administrative Responsibilities

Director of Internationalisation, Faculty of Social Sciences

Biography

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

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.

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.

Publications

Books:

  • 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.

Articles:

  • “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
  • ‘A Just War? Britain’s Decision to Go to War Against Iraq and the “War Against Terrorism”, Peace Forum, Vol. XX, No.1, 2006, pp.29-56;
  • ‘”Iraq: Blair’s Mission Impossible”: A Rejoinder to Paul Hoggett’, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Vol.7 Issue 4, November 2005, pp. 598-602
  • ‘The British Road to War: Blair, Bush and the decision to invade Iraq’, International Affairs. Vol. 80. No.5, pp.851-872 (2004)
  • ‘The British Road to War’, IPRI Journal, Vol. IV, No.2, Summer 2004, pp.1-35

Impact

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

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Country Expertise in asylum cases, impact on tribunal judgments in relation to asylum applications by nationals from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Vietnam and 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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