Dr Thomas Rid
Reader in War Studies
Department of War Studies
London, WC2R 2LS
Phone: 00 44 (0) 207 848 1156
Office hours: Meetings should be arranged via email.
I am a Reader in the Department of War Studies at King's College London and a non-resident fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC.
In 2010/2011, I was fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Constance, Germany. The previous year, I was a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009 I worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. I wrote my first book and thesis at the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Germany’s major government-funded foreign policy think tank. I hold a PhD from the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
My areas of interest cover:
Expertise and Public Engagement
I welcome PhD students who wish to study topics that fall into these subjects:
Subversion and insurgency
Irregular war and counterinsurgency
Terrorism and counter-terrorism
Military and the media, new and old
I have published three books, Understanding Counterinsurgency (Routledge 2010, co-edited with Tom Keaney), War 2.0 (Praeger 2009, with Marc Hecker, currently translated into the Chinese by the People’s Liberation Army Press), and War and Media Operations (Routledge 2007). My numerous articles appeared in major English, French, and German peer-reviewed journals as well as magazines and newspapers.
I am mostly working on two main projects. One, Open Arms is a book-length study of how different armies use social media, co-authored with Marc Hecker and funded by the French defense ministry. The second is a project on cyber security, in cooperation with the Department of Informatics at King's College and funded by the Minerva Initiative of the U.S. Department of Defense.
A scholarly focus on novel technologies requires keeping a critical distance to volatile trends and maintaining a historically grounded perspective -- therefore I am also, when I finds the time, working on a book manuscript that tries to liberate the concept of deterrence from its suffocating cold-war corset by reconnecting two long-standing debates on deterrence with each other, one in the theory of war and conflict and one in the theory of law and criminology.
I am also a regular contributor at Kings of War, the blog of the Department of War Studies