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Professor Jamie Gaskarth

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Professional biography

Jamie Gaskarth was appointed Professor of Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Open University in February 2021, having previously been a Reader in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the University of Birmingham, and Senior Lecturer at Plymouth University. His research focuses on practical ethical problems in foreign policy and security and he is the author/editor of six books on international relations and foreign policy.

He is currently co-Editor in Chief of the ISA Journal of Global Security Studies and serves on the editorial board of Foreign Policy Analysis and International Studies Perspectives. Jamie also provides a regular lecture on National Strategy, Risk and Defence to the Defence Academy, Shrivenham.

He was ISA English School Section Chair, (2017-2019), appointed Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Lyon (2018), elected trustee of the British International Studies Association (2013-2015), Convenor of the BISA Foreign Policy working group, (2008-2014) and Visiting Scholar at Berkeley, UC in 2011.

Research interests

Jamie's research looks into issues of ethics, decisionmaking and accountability, with a particular focus on UK foreign policy. His most recent book, Secrets and Spies: UK Intelligence Accountability After Iraq and Snowden (Chatham House/Brookings Institution Press, 2020) explored the challenges of holding intelligence agencies accountable when what they do is secret. He is currently developing projects on the ethical dilemmas of disinformation; and how to persuade leaders to respect human rights, using positive as well as negative reinforcement.

He would be delighted to receive applications for PhD supervision in the areas of diplomacy, foreign policy, global ethics, international society or intelligence studies.

Teaching interests

Jamie's teaching at the Open University is mainly focused on questions of international order and global ethics.

Impact and engagement

Jamie has provided policy advice to a number of UK government departments, was a member of the Academic Consultative Panel for the 2015 SDSR/NSS, offered a submission and was consulted as part of the 2020 Integrated Review, and has contributed evidence to parliamentary inquiries on the Philosophy and Culture of Aid, Global Britain, the National Security Strategy, and UK Soft Power. He has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and ESRC, looking into British foreign policy and the rising powers and international society respectively.


The dilemma of Brexit: hard choices in the narrow context of British foreign policy traditions (2021-06)
Gaskarth, Jamie and Langdon, Nicola
British Politics, 16 (pp. 170-186)

Clashing Traditions: German Foreign Policy in a New Era (2021-02-01)
Gaskarth, Jamie and Oppermann, Kai
International Studies Perspectives, 22(1) (pp. 84-105)

The absent dialogue: politicians, bureaucrats and the military in India [Book Review] (2021)
Gaskarth, Jamie
Defence Studies ((Early access))