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Andro Mathewson

Andro Mathewson

PhD Candidate


Andro Mathewson is PhD candidate in War Studies at Kings College London and a research officer at the HALO Trust, focusing on the conflict in Ukraine. He completed his master’s degree in international relations at the University of Edinburgh where he explored the proliferation of underwater drones. Before that, he was a research fellow at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor in Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and German. Andro has published with The Modern Warfare Institute at West Point, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, The National Interest, the Journal on Conventional Weapons Destruction, and contributed to numerous other papers.


Research interests

  • Emerging capabilities
  • Military technology
  • Modern warfare
  • NATO - Russia relations
  • Russo - Ukrainian war

Andro’s research lies at the nexus of the proliferation and use of emerging military capabilities and modern warfare, with a primary focus on the Russo-Ukrainian War and unmanned technologies. Beyond his main research focus, Andro also engages in research on naval warfare, the overlap of conservation and conflict, and Arctic strategy.


Supervisors: Dr. Jack McDonald, Dr. Hassan Elbahtimy



“Open-Source Research and Mapping of Explosive Ordnance Contamination in Ukraine”, The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction [Forthcoming, October 2022]

Mathewson, Andro R, and Asya Bolotova. “Explosive Ordnance Risk Education in Ukraine During The COVID-19 Pandemic” The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, 20 September. 2021

Horowitz, Michael C., and Andro R Mathewson. “Competing Visions for the Global Order.” Texas National Security Review, 5 February. 2019.

Horowitz, Michael C, and Andro R Mathewson. “A Way to Rein in Drone Proliferation.” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 30 November. 2018.

Mathewson, Andro R, and Lauren Kahn “Seeking Dronations: The Crowdfunded Drone War in Ukraine” The National Interest, 25 August 2022

Mathewson, Andro R, and Ben Fogel “Will The Drone War Come: Ukraine and the Weaponisation of Commercial Drones”, Irregular Warfare Initiative, Modern War Institute at West Point, 22, August 2022.

Mathewson, Andro R, and Lauren Chin “Climate and Maritime Securitisation of the Arctic,” Strife, 1 June 2022.

Mathewson, Andro R. “Responding to the Proliferation of Uninhabited Underwater Vehicles” Center for International and Maritime Security, 26 August 2021.

Mathewson, Andro. R “Un-crewed Underwater Technologies in the Arctic” Wavell Room, 28 July 2021.

Mathewson, Andro R. “Modernizing the Bulgarian Military: Not Those Drones” CSDM Views, 15 February. 2021.

Fogel, Ben, and Andro R Mathewson, “The next frontier in drone warfare? A Soviet-era crop duster.” Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 10 February. 2021.

Mathewson, Andro R. “The German Drone Debate Drones On” UK Defence Journal, 26 January. 2021

Mathewson, Andro R. “Invisible in War: An Insight on Conflict and the Conservation of Wildlife,” Strife, 25 November 2020.

Mathewson, Andro R. “The United States through an Eastern European Lens” The Foreign Analyst, 5 Apr. 2019.