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Dr Walter Ladwig III

Dr Walter Ladwig III

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Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • International relations

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I am a Senior Lecturer and part of the core faculty for the new BA in International Relations. I am also a visiting fellow in Asian Security at the Royal United Services Institution. I joined the department in 2013 from Oxford where I was a lecturer in the MPhil program in IR. Previously I held predoctoral fellowships at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C. I have a B.A. from the University of Southern California, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a PhD from the University of Oxford. 

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I am currently not taking on any new PhD students

Research Interests

My academic work is squarely situated in the field of strategic studies, where my research interests include military strategy, counterinsurgency, U.S. foreign policy and defense politics, and the political and military implications of India’s emergence as great power. I have two active research programs, one exploring intra-state conflict, and the other focusing on security issues in South Asia. 

PublicationsA list of Dr Walter Ladwig III's publications can be found hereTeaching

I currently teach and convene the following BA module:

4SSW1007 History of the International System

5SSW2062 Statecraft, War, and Diplomcy

PhD Supervision

Dr Ladwig is currently unable to take on new PhD students

Expertise and Public Engagement

I have commented on international affairs for the BBCReuters, and the Associated Press and my commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Indian Express, and the Japan Times.

“Relations between the US and India look better today,” Daily Telegraph, January 24, 2015.
“How did Barack Obama Fall from Grace?” Daily Telegraph, November 5, 2014.
“Why Aren't Air Strikes Stopping Isil's Advance?” Daily Telegraph, October 7, 2014.
“The Best Defense is Dialogue,” New York Times, September 27, 2012. 
“An Artificial Bloc Built on a Catchphrase,” New York Times, March 26, 2012.
“India's Unfinished Asia Pivot,” Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2012.
“A Trilateral Foundation for Indo-Pacific Security,” Japan Times December 27, 2011.
“Cameron’s Afghan Challenge,” Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2010.
“India Sets Sail for Leadership,” Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2010.
“Time to Restart the Special Relationship,” Baltimore Sun, May 6, 2010.
“Putting Indo-US Ties Back on Track,” Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2009 (with Anit Mukherjee).
“Relationship Advice,” Indian Express, November 16, 2009 (with Anit Mukherjee).



Quoted in Kiran Stacey and Peggy Hollinger, “India launches race to build fighter jet,” Financial Times, October 23, 2016.

Quoted in Kiran Stacey and Kathrin Hille, “Modi and Putin to meet as longstanding alliance drifts,” Financial Times, October 14, 2016.

Quoted in Amy Kazmin and Farhan Bokhari “India launches ‘strikes’ on Pakistan terror targets,” Financial Times, September 29, 2016.

Quoted in Kiran Stacey “India’s Rafale deal belies strained procurement ability,” Financial Times, September 25, 2016.

Research cited in Ajai Shukla, “Army reserves right to respond, but struggles to find options,” Business Standard, September 20, 2016.

Quoted in “Obama faces backlash after warning U.K. against leaving EU,” CBC News, April 23, 2016.

Quoted in “A cold-eyed view of allies has left Obama with few overseas friends,” Washington Post, April 28, 2016.

Research cited in Praveen Swami, “The Rhetoric and Reality of India-Pakistan Peace,” Indian Express, January 4, 2016.

Research cited in C. Christine Fair, “Pakistan’s Army is Building an Arsenal of “tiny” Nuclear Weapons—and it’s Going to Backfire,” Quartz India, December 21, 2015.

Research cited in Praveen Swami, “For Talks to Succeed, India Needs to Tackle Pak’s Covert War,” Indian Express, August 14, 2015.

Research cited in “Boats Against the Current: Mistrust Still Thwarts Efforts to Make Peace Between India and Pakistan,” The Economist, August 1, 2015.

Research cited in Praveen Swami, “Why PM Modi’s Plodding way with Pak is in Step with Reality,” Indian Express, May 25, 2015.

Quoted in Adnan R. Khan, The New Nuclear Threat, Maclean’s, December 4, 2014.

Appearance on BBC 4’s World News Today to discuss Chuck Hagel’s resignation, November 24, 2014.

Appearance on The BBC World News Channel’s The Hub to U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, September 25, 2012.

Quoted in Tom Coghalan, “Britain is one of ‘Five Eyes’ looking for the terrorists” The Times, September 18, 2012.

Appearance on BBC 4’s World News Today to discuss President Obama's Afghan drawdown plan, June 22, 2011.

Appearance on The BBC World News Channel’s The Hub to discuss Indo-Afghan Relations, May 12, 2011.

Quoted in Sanjeev Miglani, “Indian plan to deter Pakistan more myth than reality” Reuters, December 9, 2010.

Appearance on BBC 4’s World News Today to discuss Indo-US Relations, November 23, 2009.

Quoted in Quynh Le, “Vietnam’s trump card in the South China Sea?” BBC World Service, June 26, 2009.

Quoted in Sandeep Unnithan, “Fast and Furious,” India Today, April 7, 2008.