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Research Interests 

  • The utility of ‘hard’ power in the 21st Century
  • The relationships between the use of force, international institutions and the maintenance of peace and the current international order
  • The mechanisms of deterrence and strategic messaging
  • Concepts and roles of national interest
  • Nuclear deterrence strategy

MA Special Subject: The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy


Andrew Corbett is a teaching fellow at the Defence Studies Department.  His first career in the Royal Navy submarine service spanned the end of the Cold War and included Command of 2 Trident submarines, capability management in the MOD and development of 21st century NATO deterrence and defence strategy.  He holds a PhD in Defence Studies from King’s College London and an MPhil in  International Relations from the University of Cambridge.  

His main research interests concern the use of nuclear deterrence as a strategic tool in the 21st century, and his current research project concerns the ethics of nuclear deterrence.