GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Richard J. ALDRICH

Richard J. ALDRICH

Academic Degrees & Titles

Richard J. Aldrich is a Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick and joined PAIS in September 2007. Prof Aldrich currently leads an AHRC project entitled Landscapes of Secrecy: The Central Intelligence Agency and the Contested Record of US Foreign Policy, 1947-2001.

Research Area(s)

Politics of intelligence and security services; globalisation; insurgency and terrorism; the development of communications security and the role of intelligence in the history of state-formation.

Specific Research Interest(s)

Additional interests include contemporary history and how the past connects to the present. He has a particular interest in the nature of war diaries, contrasting private records with the narratives that emerge from records managed by government. He advises a number of UK government departments on issues of records management, declassification and corporate memory


  • Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence and Secrecy
  • Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency
  • Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Available to undertake Ph.D. supervision in all areas which intersect with his own research, but especially the following six themes:  

  1. The representation of intelligence and security services in film, fiction and memoirs
  2. The current impact of globalization on intelligence and security services
  3. The contemporary history of intelligence and security services, particularly during the Cold War and in the context of decolonisation
  4. Liaison and alliance structures in international intelligence co-operation
  5. Regulation and accountability of agencies by regional and international bodies such as the EU and the UN
  6. The significance of communications security and Internet security within current debates over secrecy, privacy and anonymity. Theme 1 is of special importance given that the PAIS leads the AHRC-funded 'Landscapes of Secrecy' focused on representations of the CIA between 1947 & 2000.

Overview of Publications

The Key to the South:Britain the United States and Thailand During the Approach of the Pacific War 1929 - 1942, (Oxford South East Asian Historical Monographs series, Oxford University Press, 1993).

Intelligence and the War Against Japan: Britain, America and the Politics of Secret Service (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000 and 2008) (Tokyo: Kobunsha, 2003 in Japanese), Pp.500.

The Hidden Hand: Britain, America and Cold War Secret Intelligence (London: John Murray, 2001; New York: Penguin-Putnam, 2002; London: Duckworth, 2006), Pp.740. (Co-winner of the 2002 Cambridge Donner Book Prize and short-listed for the RUSI Westminster Medal)

Witness to War: Diaries of the Second World War in Europe and the Middle East (London: Doubleday, 2004), edited, Pp.708.

The Faraway War: Personal Diaries of the Second World War in Asia and the Pacific (London: Doubleday, 2005), edited, Pp.706.

Secret Intelligence: A Reader (London: Routledge, 2009) co-edited with Christopher Andrew and Wesley K. Wark, Pp.541.

GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intelligence Agency (London: HarperCollins, 2010), Pp.666.

Selected articles and chapters

'Britain and the Strategic Air Offensive Against the Soviet Union: The Question of South Asian Air Bases, 1945–9', written with Michael Coleman, History, Vol.74 Issue.242 (January 1989): 400-426.

'OSS, CIA and European Unity: The American Committee on United Europe, 1949-1960', Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 8, No.1 (March 1997): 184-227.

'Britain's Secret Intelligence Service in Asia During the Second World War', Modern Asian Studies 32, 1 (1998), pp. 179-217.

'British Intelligence and the Anglo-American "Special Relationship" during the Cold War', Review of International Studies, Vol.24, No.3 (March 1998): 331-51.

‘Signals Intelligence and GCHQ, 1945-70' in Intelligence and National Security, Vol.16, No.1 (Spring 2001): 67-96.

'From Ireland to Bosnia: Intelligence Support for UK Low Intensity Operations', in Wies Platje, Cees Wiebes, Robert David Steele, Ben de Jong, (eds) Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future (Washington DC: OSS Publications, 2001), pp.73-100.

'Liberation: Rolling Back the Frontiers of Clandestine Cold War History?', Cold War History, Vol.1, No.2 (Spring 2001): 122-134.

'Grow Your Own: Cold War Intelligence and History Supermarkets', Intelligence and National Security, Vol.17, No.1 (Spring 2002): 135-52.

'Dangerous Liaisons: The United States and Intelligence Alliances After 9/11’, Harvard International Review, Vol.24, No.3 (September 2002): 49-54.

'Transatlantic intelligence and security co-operation', International Affairs, Vol.80, No.3 (July 2004): 331-55.

'Policing the Past: Official History, Secrecy and British Intelligence since 1945', English Historical Review, Vol.119, No.483 (September 2004): 922-53.

'The Secret State', in Harriet Jones and Keith Middlemas (eds.) Blackwells Companion to Contemporary Britain, 1939-2000 (Oxford: Blackwells, 2005), pp.333-50.

'Whitehall and the Iraq War: The UK's Four Intelligence Enquiries', Irish Studies in International Affairs, Vol.16, No.1 (2005): 73-88.

'Contending Cultures of Counter-terrorism: Transatlantic Convergence or Divergence?', International Affairs, Vol.81, No.5 (October 2005): 905-23, co-authored with Wyn Rees.

'Intelligence', in Saki Dockrill and Geraint Hughes (eds.) Advances in Cold War History (London: Palgrave, 2006), pp.210-39.

'Intelligence within BAOR and NATO's Northern Army Group', Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol.30, No.1 (February 2008): 89-122.

'Setting priorities in a World of Changing Threats', in Steve Tsang (ed.), Intelligence and Human Rights in the Era of Global Terrorism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008), pp.158-170.

'US-European Intelligence Co-operation on Counter-terrorism: Low Politics and Constraint', British Journal of Politics and International Relations Vol.11, No.1 (February 2009).

'The UK Security State', in Matthew Flinders, Andrew Gamble, Colin Hay, Mike Kenny (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of British Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

'Beyond the Vigilant State? Globalization and Intelligence', Review of International Studies. Vol. 35, No.4 (Oct. 2009): 889-904.

'Regulation by Revelation?: Intelligence, Transparency and the Media', in R. Dover and M. Goodman (eds.) Known Knowns: British and American Intelligence and the Media (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

‘Global Intelligence Co-operation versus Accountability: New Facets to an Old Problem', Intelligence and National Security, Vol.24, No.1 (2009): 26-56.