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Dr Geraint Hughes

Dr Geraint Hughes

  • Academics

Senior Lecturer & RAFD Academic Director (T3)

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • History
  • International relations
  • Policy and society
  • Politics

Contact details


Geraint Hughes studied for a BA in History at the University of Durham from October 1994 to June 1997, subsequently completing an MA in War Studies at King’s College London (1997-1998) and his PhD at the same institution (September 1998-October 2002).

Prior to his appointment with DSD in July 2005 he taught part-time with the War Studies Department. Dr Hughes served with the Territorial Army (London Regiment) between June 1999 and April 2005, and saw active service in Iraq on Telic 4 (May-November 2004).

He has written two books (Harold Wilson’s Cold War: The Labour Government and East-West Politics, 1964-1970 and My Enemy’s Enemy: Proxy Warfare in International Politics), and his current research interests include counter-insurgency, the use of the military in counter-terrorism, proxy warfare, and the history of the Dhofar campaign in Oman (1963-1976).

MA Special Subject:

  • British Counterinsurgency 1945-2014

PhD Supervision

Dr Hughes is currently unable to take on new PhD students

Research Interests

  • Cold War History
  • British Foreign and Defence Policy since 1945 
  • Counter-insurgency: historical and contemporary campaigns 
  • Counter-terrorism and the military 
  • Proxy Warfare
  • The Dhofar conflict, Oman (1963-1976)
  • The invasion and occupation of Iraq (2003-2011)
  • Land Warfare since 1945


Dr Geraint Hughes PURE Profile