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24 April 2020

Showcasing research from recent Doctoral students

Examples of research conducted by recently passed PhD students


Cohesion in modern military formations: a qualitative analysis of group formation in junior, specialised and ad-hoc teams in the Royal Marines


Dr Stefan Schilling is Research Manager for the School of Security Studies and also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Defence Studies Department and his thesis surrounds Social Identity in Military Units.

Read a full description of Stefan's research here.


Between democracy and autocracy. Towards an understanding of the nature of incomplete secession, the case of Moldova-Transnistria.


Ana Maria Albulescu's essay reveals the way in which the metropolitan and de facto state have sought to implement distinctive policies towards counter-secession and secession respectively, argueing that this can only be understood if one moves beyond a simple democracy/autocracy dichotomy..

Read the essay here.

Motivated bias related to crisis decision making


Commander Noel Sawatzky is presently an officer in the United States Navy, assigned as a senior intelligence officer. Noel recently completed his PhD at King’s College of London where he studied crisis decision making and its impact on foreign policy in the Department of War Studies.

See an overview of Cdr Sawatzky's research here.

The Russian Understanding of War


Oscar Jonsson's highly praised research provides the long view to show how Russian military strategic thinking has developed from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present.

Read a brief overview here.