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Professor Paul Rogers

PositionEmeritus Professor of Peace Studies
LocationPemberton P1.4
DepartmentPeace Studies
Feedback HoursPart time and days vary: please email to arrange meeting
Telephone+44 (0)1274 23 4185

Research Interests (key words only)

Changing causes of international conflict; Terrorism and political violence; Environmental conflict; Middle East security; Arms control and disarmament; Main Geographic Area: Middle East especially Persian Gulf

PhD Supervision

Currently supervising research students in the areas of political violence, oil security, food security and UK defence policy.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Students Supervised:

Paul has supervised more than 25 research students and over 80 MA students.   Subjects have included Persian Gulf security, UK defence policy, political violence, oil politics, arms control, US foreign policy and refugee security.

Study History

  • BSc PhD Lond.
  • MSB CBiol.
  • Head of Department 1993-1999

Research Areas

Paul Rogers continues his work on trends in international conflict with a particular focus on the interactions of socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints.   Within this area of study he works on issues such as the politics of energy resource use and the impact of climate change on international security. He has a particular research interest in radicalisation and political violence.   His regional emphasis is primarily on the Middle East and South Asia and his work on sustainable security links with Oxford Research Group.   He is also involved in a new pilot project for the Network for Social Change on “Remote Control” – the use of armed drones, Special Forces, privatised military companies and other forces to maintain control, raising issues of ethical behaviour, accountability, precedent-setting and and risk of proliferation.  In the past, Paul lectured at Imperial College and was a Senior Scientific Office in Kenya and Uganda.


Paul has written or edited 26 books and has published over 100 papers.  His work has been translated into many languages including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Turkish, Farsi, Catalan, Polish, Greek, French, German, Dutch, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. 

Selected books:

  • Hans Gunter Brauch, P.H.Liotta, Antonio Marquina, Paul F. Rogers and Mohammad El-Sayed Selim (editors) Security and Environment in the Mediterranean: Conceptualising Security and Environmental Conflicts, Springer-Verlag, 2003
  • Rogers, Paul: A War Too Far: Iraq, Iran and the New American Century, Pluto Press, 2006.
  • Rogers, Paul: Global Security and the War on Terror: Elite Power and the Illusion of Control, Routledge, 2007.
  • Rogers, P. Losing Control: Global Security in the Twenty-First Century, Pluto Press, London, (3rd edition) 2010.

Recent Articles:

  • Paul Rogers, “Peace Studies”, chapter in: Alan Collins (Ed), Contemporary Security Studies, pp. 54-66, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013.
  • Paul Rogers, “Security by Remote Control, Can It work?” Journal of the Royal United Services Institution,  Vol  158, No. 3, pp. 14-20, June/July 2013.
  • Paul Rogers, “Lost cause: consequences and implications of the war on terror”, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol 6, No. 1, pp. 1-16, April 2013

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Paul undertakes around 30 university and public lecture each year and lectures and delivers seminars in many countries including, recently, India, Pakistan, Iran and Brunei.  His university lectures in the UK have included Aberdeen, Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford, St Andrews and Warwick.  He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies in London and is a past Chair of the British International Studies Association.   He writes a weekly analysis on international security for which is reproduced in over 40 websites worldwide and he does around 150 radio and TV interviews a year to networks and stations across the world including BBC World Service, BBC World, Radio France International, Al Jazeera, Austrian FM4, CBC Toronto, China Radio International, Voice of America, Voice of Russia and CNN. 

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