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Professor Christopher Coker

christopherCokerChristopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Head of Department. He is also Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Staff College.  He was a NATO Fellow in 1981, and served two terms on the Council of the Royal United Services Institute.  He is a serving member of the Washington Strategy Seminar; the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (Cambridge, Mass); the Black Sea University Foundation; the Moscow School of Politics and the IDEAS Advisory Board.  He is a member of the Academic Board of the Czech Diplomatic Academy.  He was a Visiting Fellow of Goodenough College in 2003-4.  He is a member of the Executive Council for the Belgrade University International Summer School for Democracy and also President of the Centre for Media and Communications of a Democratic Romania. He is a former editor of The Atlantic Quarterly and The European Security Analyst.

He has advised several Conservative Party think tanks including the Institute for European Defence and Strategic Studies and the Centre for Policy Studies and helped to draw up the Party's defence platform in the 1996 European Parliamentary Elections. He has written for The Wall Street Journal; The Wall St Journal (Europe); The Times; The Independent; The European, The Spectator, The Times Literary Supplement and The Literary Review.

He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome), the Centre for International Security (Geneva) and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo) He has spoken at other military institutes in Western Europe, North America, Australia and South-east Asia.

Areas of Expertise

  • Security
  • War
  • US and British foreign policy
  • Contemporary Ideas and Ideologies

Recent Publications

  • Barbarous Philosophers: reflections on the nature of war from Heraclitus to Heisenberg (Columbia University Press; 2010) 
  • War in an Age of Risk (Polity: 2009)
  • War and Ethics in the 21st  Century (Routledge: 2008)
  • Warrior Ethos (Routledge; 2007)
  • The Future of War: the re-enchantment of war in the 21st Century (Blackwell 2004)
  • Waging War without Warriors (Lynne Rienner: 2002)
  • Humane Warfare (Routledge: 2001)