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Professor Wyn Bowen

Professor Wyn Bowen

  • Academics

Head of School for the School of Security Studies

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • International relations
  • Policy and society

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Biography

Wyn Bowen is Head of the School of Security Studies, King's College London, comprising the Defence Studies Department and the Department of War Studies. From April 2014 to August 2016, he was Head of Department/Dean of Academic Studies of the Defence Studies Department, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) at the UK Defence Academy. Prior to April 2014, he was Director of CSSS (2007-2014). Bowen has been a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies (1995-1997) and a Centre Associate of the Matthew B. Ridgway Centre for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Bowen is an AWE William Penney Fellow and a member of the International Partnership on Nuclear Disarmament Verification (IPNDV). Bowen was a weapons inspector on several missile teams in Iraq with the UN Special Commission (1997-98) and also worked for several years as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Bowen has been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee for inquiries into 'The Decision to go to War with Iraq,' (2003) and 'Weapons of Mass Destruction,' (2000), and served on the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on the Scientific Aspects of International Security and its Working Group on Nuclear Non-Proliferation. He has been a Trustee of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC).

Research Interests

  • Nuclear proliferation and non-proliferation
  • Nuclear proliferation behaviour
  • Arms control
  • Deterrence and coercive diplomacy
  • US security policy
  • International efforts to prevent chemical weapons use in the Syrian civil war
  • Global WMD threat reduction
  • Libyan nuclear programme (pre-2004)
  • Iranian nuclear programme
  • Missile proliferation and non-proliferation

Teaching and Supervision

  • History and Politics of Arms Control (PGT)
  • Arms Control Case Studies (PGT)
  • Theory and Practice of Deterrence (PGT)
  • PhD supervision on issues related to research interests (as above)

Selected Publications

  • Trust in Nuclear Disarmament Verification (with Hassan Elbahtimy, Christopher Hobbs and Matthew Moran) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) (ISBN 978-3-319-40987-0), 176pp.
  • Living on the Edge: Iran and the Practice of Nuclear Hedging (with Matthew Moran and Dina Esfandiary) (Palgrave Macmillan, May 2016) (ISBN 978-1-137-27308-6), 189pp.
  • The Global Partnership against WMD: Success and Shortcomings of G8
  • Threat Reduction since 9/11 (with Alan Heyes and Hugh Chalmers) (Taylor and Francis, September 2011), 133pp (ISBN 0855161787).
  • Libya and Nuclear Proliferation: Stepping Back from the Brink, (Routledge, 2006), 103pp (ISBN 0-415-41238-2).
  • The Politics of Ballistic Missile Non-proliferation (Macmillan Press Ltd, 2000) 276pp (ISBN 0312226187).
  • American Security Policy in the 1990s: Beyond Containment (with David H. Dunn) (Dartmouth, 1996) 202pp (ISBN 1855216159).
  • ‘Radiological Terrorism: Is There a Role for Deterrence?’ (with Jasper Pandza) in Andreas Wegner and Alex Wilner (eds), Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice (Stanford University Press, 2012). (ISBN 10: 0804782490).
  • ‘Deterrence and Asymmetry: Non-State Actors and Mass Casualty Terrorism’, Contemporary Security Policy, 25 (April 2004) (ISSN 13523260).

Expertise and Public Engagement

I served as a weapons inspector on several ballistic missile inspection teams in Iraq with the UN Special Commission in 1997-98 and have worked as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency and several government departments. I served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee for inquiries into 'The Decision to go to War with Iraq,' (2003) and 'Weapons of Mass Destruction,' (2000).

I have served on the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on the Scientific Aspects of International Security and the Royal Society’s Working Group on Nuclear Non-Proliferation. I am a Trustee of the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Journal. I was founding co-editor of the journal Defence Studies (Taylor and Francis).